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Val Bollenbacher led Valpo with 15 kills Saturday.
Val Bollenbacher led Valpo with 15 kills Saturday.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Box Score

A dominant win in game three was not enough for Valparaiso Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders dropped a 3-1 (30-25, 30-25, 16-30, 30-22) decision at Cleveland State.

Cleveland State used a 6-0 run in the middle of the opener to take an 18-11 edge and extended the lead out to as many as nine points.  The Crusaders fought back to within three at 28-25, but the Vikings scored the last two points to take the opening game.  Valpo owned the lead for the first half of the second set and led 15-10 halfway through.  Cleveland State rallied with a 9-1 spurt to take control of the game for good, however, and went on to take the game and a two-game lead into the break.

The third game was a whole different story.  Valparaiso took advantage of six service aces in the frame, including two apiece from Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) and Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial), to run out to an 18-5 lead and cruise home, ending the game fittingly on an ace by Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg [Ohio] H.S.).  But the momentum would not carry over to the fourth game, as the Vikings jumped out to an early 9-4 edge and would never lose the lead on their way to the victory.

Valpo struggled all night offensively, hitting at just a .118 clip for the match while getting blocked by Cleveland State 20 times.  Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) paced the Crusaders with 15 kills, while Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) added 14 markers and Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) chipped in 11 kills.

Bukowski picked up her second double-double of the season, dishing out 28 assists while also tallying 10 digs.  Malicoat led Valpo with 12 digs, while Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) set a new career-best with eight blocks, three of them of the solo variety.

Cleveland State (19-7, 12-3 Horizon) was led by 15 kills and six blocks from Beth Greulich.  Alexis Korovich chipped in 14 kills, 12 digs and six blocks, while Amy Benz recorded a staggering 14 rejections.

Valparaiso (17-10, 7-7 Horizon) returns to the court for the final matches of the regular season next weekend.  The Crusaders will open the weekend at Loyola on Friday night at 7 p.m.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler