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Valpo Closes Out Popcorn Classic with Sweep of WMU; Porché, Sears Named to All-Tournament Team
Angie Porché recorded the second-most kills in a three-game match in Valpo history Saturday night.
Angie Porché recorded the second-most kills in a three-game match in Valpo history Saturday night.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Box Score 

Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) recorded the second-most kills in a three-game match in Valpo history Saturday night, tallying 22 terminations on a .500 hitting percentage to lead the Crusaders to a sweep of Western Michigan (30-27, 30-28, 30-20) to close out the 2007 Popcorn Classic.

“Angie was phenomenal tonight,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “To record that many kills and hit .500 is a remarkable accomplishment.  [Setter] Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg [Ohio] H.S.) deserves a lot of credit as well, because she did a great job running the offense and putting a lot of balls in perfect position for Angie.”

The Crusaders got off to a great start in the match, trailing only at 1-0 in the opening game.  They extended the lead to as many as eight points multiple times in the game, with the latest coming at 27-19.  Western Michigan made a run at that point, scoring eight of the next 10 points to cut the Valpo advantage to 29-27.  But Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) registered the last of her six kills in the opener to give Valpo the 1-0 lead.

The second game was a different story, as it was tight throughout.  The Brown and Gold held a 21-18 lead, but once again the Broncos made a run, going on a 10-4 spurt to take a 28-25 edge.  It looked like the match would go into the break tied at one, but the Crusaders had different intentions. 

Hughes converted a second-touch attack to get Valpo back within two, and then Tiffany Meikle (Cottage Grove, Wis./Monona Grove) went to work, tallying back-to-back aces to tie the game at 28.  Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) recorded a kill to give Valpo game point, and Porché and Sears combined on an emphatic block to give the Crusaders the come-from-behind win to go up by two games.

“I was very proud of what we accomplished in the second game,” said Avery.  “To be down that close to the end of the game after making a few errors, it takes an unbelievable effort to be mentally strong enough to win the game, and we had the strength to do so.”

The third game did not contain nearly as much drama, as the Crusaders went on a 6-2 spurt midway through the game to take a 17-12 lead.  They would not let the lead slip under four the rest of the way, and ended the match on an 8-2 run, capped by a Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) kill for the sweep.

While Porché paced the Crusader offense with her 22 kills, she was not alone on the attack, as Schulz and Sears each registered 10 kills.  Hughes picked up her second double-double of the season, tallying 48 assists and 10 digs, and also kept the Bronco defense honest with three kills on just four attacks.  Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) once again led Valpo with 15 digs.  For Malicoat, it marks 50 straight matches that she has paced Valpo in the digs department, dating back to Nov. 4, 2005.

Michelle Moore led Western Michigan (7-3) with 13 kills on .346 hitting.  Caitlin Stremel picked up 11 digs for the Broncos, while Sam Viox handed out 28 assists.

Valpo held significant edges over Western Michigan in all categories, especially kills (59-37) and hitting percentage (.309-.177).  The Crusaders also out-dug the visitors by a 49-32 margin and recorded seven blocks to the Broncos’ four.

“I was very pleased overall with our effort tonight out of everybody,” said Avery.  “We came in tonight and played outstanding volleyball, a 180 degree turnaround from the way we played last night.”

With the win, the Crusaders close out the 2007 Popcorn Classic with a 2-1 record, good for second place.  Indiana captured the tournament title by winning all three of its matches, while Western Michigan finished third and Marshall fourth.  Representing Valpo on the All-Tournament Team were Porché, who ended the weekend with 5.4 kills/game on .319 hitting, and Sears, who averaged 4.2 kills and one block per game to go along with five service aces.

Valparaiso (6-2) plays in the final of its four early-season tournaments next weekend, as the Crusaders hit the road for the Bowling Green Invitational.  Valpo will face Duquesne on Friday afternoon before meeting DePaul Saturday morning and the host Falcons Saturday night.  All matches can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

2007 Popcorn Classic All-Tournament Team

Kelli-Anne Billingy, Marshall

Kelsey Hall, Indiana

Angie Porché, Valparaiso

Allison Sears, Valparaiso

Sam Viox, Western Michigan

Taylor Wittmer, Indiana (MVP) 

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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