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Crusaders Drop Five-Set Decision to Green Bay
Play Video Taylor Root set a new career high with 38 digs Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Taylor Root set a new career high with 38 digs Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Green Bay (9-14, 5-6)
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Valparaiso (16-9, 7-4)
10/22/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 465
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Green Bay2516252015
Valparaiso2325232513
Stats at a GlanceGBVALPO
Hitting Pct..178.221
Kills6072
Errors2529
Total Attacks197195
Assists5270
Aces52
Digs82103
Blocks13.09.0
Statistical LeadersGBVALPO
KillsLEITERMANN - 19
BEIL - 17
AssistsPOEL - 44
POKORNY - 55
AcesGROTH - 3
DOOMS - 2
DigsGROTH - 30
ROOT - 38
BlocksLEITERMANN - 7
BEIL - 6

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Despite a new career high in digs from junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) and a second straight standout offensive performance from freshman Morgan Beil  (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), Valparaiso could not come out with a victory Saturday afternoon, falling in five sets (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13) to Green Bay at the ARC.

Root tallied 38 digs over Saturday’s five sets, surpassing her previous career best of 35, set last year at Appalachian State.  The 38 digs also matched the second-most digs in a five-set match in Crusader volleyball history, just two digs shy of Valpo’s single-match record.  Meanwhile, Beil hit above .500 for the second straight match, totaling a team-high 17 kills on just 27 swings and committing just two attack errors to end the night at a .556 hitting clip.  The rookie’s .556 hitting percentage was the second-best effort in a five-set match in the category all-time at Valpo.

The sets the Crusaders won featured on Saturday featured big runs, one at the start and one at the finish.  After dropping set one, Valpo came out in the second frame on fire, jumping out to a 14-4 advantage and never letting the lead drop under five points the rest of the way.  Meanwhile, in the fourth set, Valpo trailed 20-19 before rattling off the final six points of the set.  Beil posted a pair of kills and combined with junior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) on a block during the decisive spurt, while a kill by sophomore Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) eventually sent the match to a fifth set.

But Valpo was unable to come out on top of any of the three tightest sets Saturday.  The Crusaders led as late as 17-16 in the opener and fought off one set point before succumbing on the second opportunity.  A Beil kill tied the third set at 22-all before the Phoenix scored three of the final four points.  Then, in the finale, Valpo rolled off five straight points mid-set to go ahead by a 9-3 count before Green Bay scored 12 of the match’s final 16 points to earn the victory.

Five Crusaders in all ended up in double figures in the kills department, as sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and redshirt freshman Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) each posted 12 kills while Hobbs and Dent had 10 each.  Senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) was one of two Crusaders to register a double-double, finishing the night with 55 assists and 15 digs.  Hauch added 17 digs for a double-double of her own.  Beil tallied a team-best six blocks to go along with her offensive prowess.

Green Bay (9-14, 5-6 Horizon) was paced by 19 kills on .436 hitting from Carmen Leitermann, who also led all players with seven blocks.  Abbey Gitter added 15 kills, while Brittany Groth led the Phoenix with 30 digs.

Valparaiso (16-9, 7-4 Horizon) looks to get back on the winning track as it steps out of Horizon League play for a Tuesday night match at IUPUI.  First serve is slated for 6 p.m. CDT, and all the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo