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Crusaders Sweep YSU in Straight Sets
Katie Britton paced Valpo with 10 kills. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Britton paced Valpo with 10 kills. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (18-11, 9-5 Horizon)
at
Youngstown State (3-23, 1-12 Horizon)
11/4/2011 | Youngstown, Ohio | Attendance: 147
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso252525 -- --
Youngstown State162319 -- --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOYSU
Hitting Pct..228.103
Kills4236
Errors1624
Total Attacks114117
Assists3933
Aces21
Digs5149
Blocks9.07.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOYSU
KillsBRITTON - 10
HUNDELT - 13
AssistsPOKORNY - 30
D'AMBROSE - 31
AcesHAUCH - 1
ROOT - 1
GROVE - 1
DigsROOT - 14
WEST - 10
BlocksBEIL - 3
POKORNY - 3
HOBBS - 3
WATSON - 4
CARLISLE - 4

Friday, November 04, 2011

For the eighth time this season in Horizon League action, the Valparaiso volleyball team needed the minimum number of sets to dispatch of an opponent, as the Crusaders swept Youngstown State 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-19) Friday evening in Youngstown, Ohio.

As has been the norm this season, it was a total team effort on the offensive side of the ball to get the job done.  Senior Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) led the way with 10 kills on 21 swings, swinging at a.429 clip.  The senior got plenty of help, as five other Crusaders registered at least four kills as Valpo finished the night with 42 kills against just 16 errors.

Defensively, junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) paced all players with 14 digs, moving within eight digs of the second spot on Valpo’s all-time chart in the category despite still having a full season to play.  Senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) added 11 digs to go along with 30 assists, her 16th double-double of the season.

An early four-point spurt in the opening set, featuring kills by Britton and sophomore Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) and a block from sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and redshirt freshman Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma), gave Valpo a lead it would not relinquish.  The Crusaders hit .395 in the opening frame with 18 kills and used a 5-1 run mid-set to gain separation and go ahead by a 15-10 score.  The Penguins would get no closer than four points the rest of the way, with a kill by Hauch eventually ending the opener in Valpo’s favor.

Valpo seemingly took control of the second set with an 8-2 run midway through the frame, bolstered by two kills apiece by freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and senior Amy Groesbeck (Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North), that erased a 13-11 deficit and made it a 19-15 Crusader lead.  In fact, another Groesbeck kill gave the Crusaders set point at 24-19 before YSU came storming back.  A kill, two Valpo attack errors and a service ace moved the Penguins within 24-23, but the Crusaders finally ended the frame on their fifth set point thanks to a YSU attack error, putting Valpo up 2-0 into the in-game break.

The third set featured numerous runs on both sides, with neither team able to side out at even a 50% clip in the finale.  But the Crusaders were the team able to put together the two most decisive runs of the set.  With YSU up 13-12, Valpo rolled off seven straight points, which included solo blocks by Pokorny and sophomore Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) and a service ace by Hauch, to claim a 19-13 advantage.  Then, after the Penguins cut their deficit to 20-16, Valpo answered with four straight points, including two rejections by Beil and Pokorny.  A kill by Britton would close out the sweep, helping Valpo keep pace for third place in the Horizon League.

Missy Hundelt led Youngstown State (3-23, 1-12 Horizon) with 13 kills on Friday night, while Casey D’Ambrose handed out a match-best 31 assists.  Erika West paced the Penguins with 10 digs.

Valparaiso (18-11, 9-5 Horizon) looks to return home on a high note as the Crusaders take on second-place Cleveland State Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. CDT.  Live video through the Horizon League Network and live stats will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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