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Valpo Downed by Milwaukee in HL Semifinal
Taylor Root tallied a match-best 21 digs Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Taylor Root tallied a match-best 21 digs Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (20-14)
at
Milwaukee (24-4)
11/19/2011 | Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 0
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso212617 -- --
Milwaukee252825 -- --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUWM
Hitting Pct..087.190
Kills3547
Errors2321
Total Attacks138137
Assists3039
Aces43
Digs5870
Blocks9.010.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOUWM
KillsDENT - 10
EGERER - 12
AssistsPOKORNY - 25
PRICE - 29
AcesHAUCH - 2
SCHUH - 1
BARTZ - 1
MILLIS - 1
DigsROOT - 21
POTTER - 18
BlocksBEIL - 4
VANDEN BERG - 4
NEUBERGER - 5

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fourth-seeded Valparaiso had a pair of set point chances to tie its Horizon League semifinal at top-seeded Milwaukee at one set apiece in the second frame, but the Crusaders couldn’t convert and eventually fell to the host Panthers 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-17) Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.

“I’m really proud of our team, because we had a great effort today,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We never gave up and stayed very aggressive throughout the match.  Milwaukee just played great, didn't make many mistakes and played like they were the top seed who hadn’t lost a match in the league this year.  But I thought we battled them hard and even though we don't like the outcome, we can't fault the effort.”

The Crusaders got out to a fast start in Saturday’s contest, jumping out to a 7-1 lead right out of the gate in the opening set, thanks to large part to four early kills by junior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben).  Milwaukee wouldn’t let Valpo extend the lead any further, however, eventually rallying to tie the frame at 12-all.  Back-to-back kills by redshirt freshman Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) and senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) restored a two-point lead to Valpo’s side, but after the teams traded sideouts over the next four points, the Panthers rattled off a 7-1 run to take the lead for good on their way to winning the opener.

Milwaukee led throughout much of the first half of the second set, but the Crusaders rattled off five straight points just past the midway mark, including a pair of kills and a block by senior Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) to take a 17-15 lead.  The Panthers answered with three straight points to regain the lead, and looked poised to take the second frame after a three-point spurt put UWM ahead 23-19.

But Valpo rallied back, getting kills from Britton and sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) as well as a Panther hitting error, to close within one point at 23-22.  A Milwaukee block gave the Panthers set point, but back-to-back rejections by the Crusaders tied the set at 24-all, as Hauch teamed with first Vanden Berg and then freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) on the critical blocks. 

A hitting error by Milwaukee gave Valpo its first set point opportunity, but the Panthers responded with a kill to tie it at 25-25.  Another UWM attack error provided the Crusaders a second chance, but again the Panthers got a kill to tie the set.  A service ace and a kill by Milwaukee closed out the second frame in the Panthers’ favor, sending UWM into the in-game break up two sets.  Valpo held a slim lead approaching the midway point of the third set, but a 10-2 Milwaukee run gave the Panthers a lead they would not relinquish.

Dent paced the Crusaders on Saturday afternoon with 10 kills, while Britton added nine terminations.  Valpo hit just .087 for the match, as it was forced into 23 hitting errors.  Pokorny tallied a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs, while junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) led all players with 21 digs.  Hauch also posted 10 digs and added three blocks, to go along with four rejections apiece by Beil and Vanden Berg.

Elizabeth Egerer led Milwaukee (24-4) with 12 kills on Saturday, while Rachel Neuberger tallied 10 kills on .348 hitting.  Neuberger also led all players with five blocks.  Morgan Potter led the Panthers on the back line with 18 digs.

Valparaiso (20-14) will close out the season next Saturday, Nov. 26 with a single match at Western Michigan.  First serve is slated for 6 p.m. CST, with live statistics available through www.valpoathletics.com.

“We're excited to get back on the court next Saturday at Western Michigan and have one last match together as a team,” said Avery.

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. #21/21 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