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Crusaders Reach 20 Wins, Advance to HL Semis With Sweep of UIC
Ellen Vanden Berg posted 10 kills on 12 swings Friday. (Di Geng)
Ellen Vanden Berg posted 10 kills on 12 swings Friday. (Di Geng)
UIC (14-15)
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Valparaiso (20-13)
11/18/2011 | Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 0
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UIC211617 -- --
Valparaiso252525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceUICVALPO
Hitting Pct..159.306
Kills4242
Errors219
Total Attacks132108
Assists3941
Aces12
Digs4757
Blocks2.05.0
Statistical LeadersUICVALPO
KillsSAFRANEK - 11
BRITTON - 11
AssistsIMRIE - 33
POKORNY - 34
AcesARAMBURU - 1
HAUCH - 2
DigsARAMBURU - 11
ROOT - 23
BlocksDISMUKE - 2
POKORNY - 2
VANDEN BERG - 2
HAUCH - 2

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fourth-seeded Valparaiso reached the 20-win milestone for the tenth consecutive year, but more importantly advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Horizon League Championship as the Crusaders swept fifth-seeded UIC (25-21, 25-16, 25-17) Friday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.

Just one of 12 squads nationwide to have won at least 20 matches in each of the last nine seasons entering this year, the Crusaders overcame some adversity to win Friday’s match and reach the milestone again this season.  Earlier in the day, Valpo had multiple sets of uniforms stolen, forcing the Crusaders to borrow a set of host Milwaukee’s uniforms to wear in Friday’s contest.  Of the nine players who saw action on Friday, four were sporting different numbers than Valpo fans are used to seeing them wear.  Valpo had left its set of pink uniforms, normally worn during breast cancer awareness month, back at home and is having them rushed up to Milwaukee for use in Saturday’s match.

“It’s so nice to get back to another Horizon League semifinal,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We’ve gotten to the semifinals all five years in the league, which I think is a great accomplishment.  Also, getting to 20 wins tonight was another great accomplishment in our program’s history. For those two reasons, it was really a great win tonight.  We got a very good total team effort, playing really well both offensively and defensively.”

On the court, it didn’t matter what numbers the Crusaders were wearing, as Valpo used a tremendous offensive effort to come out with the sweep.  Valpo hit .306 for the match, committing just nine attack errors against 42 kills.  The efficient offense was led by the effort of sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute), who needed just 12 swings to post 10 kills and a Valpo season-high .833 hitting percentage.  Her .833 clip was the third-best effort in a match in Crusader volleyball history (minimum 10 kills).

But Vanden Berg got plenty of help offensively, led by the performance from senior Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), who hit .333 and tied for match-high honors with 11 kills.  Vanden Berg was one of three Crusader attackers to go the duration of the match without a hitting error, as redshirt freshman Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) posted seven kills and hit .438, while junior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) tallied six kills without an attack error as well.

Defensively, the Crusaders out-dug the Flames by a 57-47 count, led yet again by the efforts of junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison), who easily led all players with 24 digs.  Senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) added 13 digs as part of a double-double, as she also handed out 34 assists, while sophomore Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) posted 11 digs as well.

The opening set was close early, but a 5-0 run featuring two kills by Britton and a solo block from Pokorny gave Valpo a 10-5 advantage.  While the Crusaders never lost the outright lead, the Flames cut it to one on a number of occasions, including as late as 22-21.  But a Dent kill put Valpo two points from the win, and back-to-back UIC attack errors ended the opener in the Crusaders’ favor.

A big mid-set run was the difference in the second frame, as Valpo took a 9-8 deficit and scored 11 of the next 13 points to take control, eventually going into the in-game break up two sets to none.  Then, in the final set, the Crusaders rattled off eight straight points after dropping the first point of the frame to go ahead 8-1, and their lead would not fall below three points the rest of the way as Valpo closed out the sweep.

Kelsey Safranek led UIC (14-15) on Friday with 11 kills, while Janise Dismuke added 10 terminations.  Dom Aramburu paced the Flames with 11 digs.

For the third time in five years, Valparaiso (20-13) will take on host and top-seeded Milwaukee in semifinal action of the Horizon League Championship.  Saturday’s contest is slated for a 2:30 p.m. first serve, with live video and live stats available through www.valpoathletics.com.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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