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Lexi Miller is one of four sophomores returning for Tracey Dorow's Crusaders in 2013-14.
Lexi Miller is one of four sophomores returning for Tracey Dorow's Crusaders in 2013-14.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Welcome to Valparaiso

Valpo returns one starter from a squad that went 11-20 a season ago. Though junior Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) received the starting nod down the home stretch of 2012-13, fifth-year senior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) is the lone returner with double digit starts. Head coach Tracey Dorow welcomes sisters Elizabeth and Annemarie Hamlet (McBain, Mich./McBain [Oakland]) from the Golden Grizzlies, the newest member of the Horizon League. Per NCAA rules, Annemarie will sit this season, but Elizabeth is eligible due to the fact she is pursuing a graduate degree at Valparaiso.

At 6'2'', Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/Northern Oklahoma College) represents an intriguing presence down low. Freshmen Faith Miller (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) and Aliyah Isaac (Richton Park, Ill./Marian Catholic) will compete for minutes right away. Isaac was a member of the 2013 Illinois State Champion Marian Spartans. The new crop of Crusaders will face the task of replacing 62.3% of the scoring and 71.5% of the boards.

Road Warriors

17 of the team's 29 regular season games will be played away from Valparaiso in 2013-14. The Crusaders are faced with one of the toughest opening stretches of any team in the Horizon League. Saint Louis, Illinois, and Notre Dame all will host the Brown and Gold in a span of six days. Valpo held its own at the ARC, evidenced by a 9-5 record. The Crusaders will aim to improve on a road record that saw them win two road tilts last season.

Valpo will participate in two tournaments/invitationals during the regular season. The Crusaders will take their talents to South Beach over Thanksgiving when they compete in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami. The following weekend has Valpo in Toledo, Ohio for the Toledo Invite. The Brown and Gold are slated to face Chicago State in a matinee on Friday, Dec. 6th at Savage Arena before taking on the host Rockets in a Saturday evening matchup.

Overall, the 2013-14 schedule features out-of-conference dates with seven teams that won at least 19 games in 2012-13. The longest homestand for Valpo is three games (Dec. 13th, 29th, 31st).

New Heights

With the addition of the aforementioned Karungi, the Crusaders boast three players 6'0'' or taller. Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) was named Most Improved Player last season. As a result, the senior will assume an enhanced role for a team that lost three six-footers from last year. Just as Horton can expect a raise in playing time, so will Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd). As a freshman, Wiedemann saw time in every game and made four starts. Her 39.7% field goal percentage is tops amongst returners.

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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