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Crusaders Split For Second Straight Day at Iowa
Ellen Vanden Berg was named to the All-Tournament Team. (William Liu)
Ellen Vanden Berg was named to the All-Tournament Team. (William Liu)
South Dakota State (2-2)
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Valparaiso (2-1)
8/25/2012 | Iowa City, Iowa | Attendance: 101
1st2nd3rd4th5th
South Dakota State232525188
Valparaiso2515162515
Stats at a GlanceSDSUVALPO
Hitting Pct..147.137
Kills4459
Errors2234
Total Attacks150183
Assists4252
Aces58
Digs7775
Blocks8.02.0
Statistical LeadersSDSUVALPO
KillsMargit Hansing - 15
BEIL - 12
AssistsLexi Fowler - 22
BERRINGTON - 27
AcesLizzie Palmer - 2
BERRINGTON - 4
DigsShay Birath - 24
ROOT - 22
BlocksKaitlin Klingemann - 6
BEIL - 1
DOOMS - 1
HAUCH - 1
VANDEN BERG - 1

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Valparaiso volleyball team rallied from a two sets to one deficit to defeat South Dakota State Saturday afternoon, 3-2 (25-23, 15-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-8), but later fell to host Iowa despite capturing the first set, 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16), to close out action at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa.  Junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.

“We were much improved today,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “It was a good weekend of play for us.  We know exactly what we need to work on for us to get better as we head into next weekend.”

The Crusaders maintained a small lead throughout the second half of the first set of their opener, until the Jackrabbits rallied to tie the set at 21, 22, and 23-all.  But a pair of SDSU hitting errors gave Valpo the opening set.  South Dakota State would claim early leads in each of the next two sets to take a 2-1 advantage into the fourth frame.

The Jackrabbits would also lead throughout the first half of the fourth set, but Valpo rallied shortly past the halfway mark.  Trailing 15-13, junior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) put down a kill to start a six-point Crusader run, which also featured kills by redshirt sophomore Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) and sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and which ended with back-to-back service aces by freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh).  The lead was cut to two points at 19-17, but redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) picked up a pair of kills in a four-point spurt, and an SDSU hitting error eventually sent the match to a decisive fifth set.

The fifth set was back and forth through the first half, as each team claimed multiple leads.  But with the score 8-8, senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) recorded a termination to start the match-ending 7-0 run.  Berrington picked up her fourth ace of the match during the spurt, while Victor tallied two kills and Beil picked up one as well as the Crusaders closed out the come-from-behind victory.

Beil led the Valpo offense against the Jackrabbits with 12 kills, while Vanden Berg and Victor each picked up 11 kills apiece.  Berrington registered a double-double with 27 assists and 15 digs to go along with her four service aces.  Root paced the Crusaders with 22 digs, while Dooms tallied 20 digs as well in the winning effort.  The Crusaders hit just .049 over the first three sets, but swung at a .317 clip over the decisive final two frames.

In the tournament finale against the host Hawkeyes, it was Valpo which took the opening set with a late push, scoring nine of the final 14 points after being tied at 16 apiece.  The Crusaders held an early lead in set two and rallied to tie that frame at 17, 18 and 19-all, but Iowa scored six of the final eight points to tie the match at one set apiece into the in-game break.  A 6-1 run late in set three gave Iowa a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, and the Hawkeyes scored 14 of the match’s final 19 points in set four to close the contest.

Victor led the Crusaders in the finale with 11 kills, while Beil added 10 terminations of her own.  Berrington narrowly missed another double-double, posting 20 assists and nine digs, while Root registered 24 digs and Dooms 16.  Vanden Berg ended the evening’s contest with a team-best four blocks.

Vanden Berg earned All-Tournament Team honors after posting 30 kills on .313 hitting over the Crusaders’ four matches in the tournament.  Root picked up her All-Tournament accolade after tallying 5.19 digs/set on the back line.

Valparaiso (2-2) returns to action next weekend at the Billiken Invitational in St. Louis, Mo.  The three-match tournament begins against the host Billikens Friday night at 7 p.m., with live stats available through www.valpoathletics.com.

Noteworthy: Vanden Berg’s All-Tournament honor was the first of her career … Root earned All-Tournament Team mention for the tenth time in her four seasons … Beil paced the Crusaders in the tournament with 40 kills over the four matches … Victor tied her career high in kills with 11 for the third and fourth time.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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