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Crusaders Win Eighth Straight With Sweep of Chicago State
Janelle Hobbs and the Crusaders earned their eighth straight win Monday.
Janelle Hobbs and the Crusaders earned their eighth straight win Monday.
Valparaiso (21-4)
at
Chicago State (2-22)
10/28/2013 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 189
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso252525 -- --
Chicago State222318 -- --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOCHIST
Hitting Pct..229.170
Kills4039
Errors1520
Total Attacks109112
Assists3335
Aces65
Digs4547
Blocks10.05.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOCHIST
KillsBEIL - 8
DOOMS - 8
Sioto - 12
AssistsBERRINGTON - 20
Lotter - 32
AcesCUDNEY - 3
Desiderio - 3
DigsLONGORIA - 12
Menhart - 13
BlocksHOBBS - 4
Ngwadom - 4

Monday, October 28, 2013

On a night where all 14 active players saw playing time, the Valparaiso volleyball team extended its winning streak to eight matches with a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-23, 25-18) of Chicago State Monday evening in Chicago, Ill.

13 of the 14 Crusaders appeared in at least two sets, including six freshmen, as Valpo matched its season-long winning streak. In fact, this is the first season that the Crusaders have had two separate winning streaks of at least eight matches since 2005.

Valpo took control fairly early in the first set, as trailing 8-7, the Crusaders went on a 11-3 run to go ahead 18-11. Chicago State rallied back to within 23-22 late, but a kill by redshirt junior Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) gave Valpo set point, and a block from sophomore Nicole Lambert (St. Charles, Ill./East [Radford]) and freshman Rachel Bruinsma (New Era, Mich./Western Michigan Christian) ended the opener in the Crusaders' favor.

Chicago State controlled the early part of the second set, going ahead 9-1 quickly. The Cougars still led 16-8 before an 11-2 Crusader run put Valpo ahead 19-18. It was 23-all late before back-to-back kills from senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) made it two sets to none for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders took control early in the third set, as a kill by senior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) made it 3-all, and fellow senior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) then served five straight points to give Valpo the lead for good. The Cougars cut the lead to one at 8-7, but Valpo scored seven of the next nine points and cruised to the sweep from there.

With 14 players seeing action on Monday night, the final stat sheet was balanced, with Dooms and junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) tying for team-high honors with eight kills apiece, the latter doing so on .667 hitting. Hobbs chipped in seven kills on .500 hitting as well. Sophomore Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) tallied 20 assists, while senior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) handed out 10 assists and recorded three service aces as well.

Freshman Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) led the effort in the back row with 12 digs on Monday evening. Meanwhile, at the net, the Crusaders continued their strong play with 10 total team blocks, paced by four rejections from Hobbs.

Paula Sioto led Chicago State (2-22) with 12 kills, while Valeria Desiderio and Rachel Levitt added nine kills each. Julia Menhart posted a match-high 13 digs.

Valparaiso (21-4) challenges Milwaukee for the top spot in the Horizon League standings Friday night on the road. First serve is slated for 7 p.m., with live stats and video available via 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