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Valpo Drops Season Finale to Western Michigan
Katie Britton was one of three Crusaders to close their careers on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Britton was one of three Crusaders to close their careers on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (20-15)
at
Western Michigan (24-8)
11/26/2011 | Kalamazoo, Mich. | Attendance: 957
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso112118 -- --
Western Michigan252525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOWMU
Hitting Pct..088.288
Kills3250
Errors2114
Total Attacks125125
Assists3046
Aces21
Digs5363
Blocks3.09.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOWMU
KillsBRITTON - 7
VANDEN BERG - 7
BROWN - 10
AssistsPOKORNY - 23
NORRIS - 39
AcesBRITTON - 1
CUDNEY - 1
NORRIS - 1
DigsROOT - 15
OLIVER - 18
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 2
GOSSEN - 5
TURNAGE - 5

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The careers of Valparaiso seniors Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), Amy Groesbeck (Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North) and Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) came to an end on Saturday evening as the Crusaders dropped their season finale at Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-18).

Britton tied for team-high honors in the final match of her career, posting seven kills to go along with two digs, a block and a service ace.  She finished her career with 893 terminations and 114 blocks.  Groesbeck tallied a pair of kills, two digs and a block in her final match, closing her tenure with the Crusaders with 434 kills and 114 blocks.

Pokorny picked up her 21st double-double of the year, finishing the night with 23 assists and 14 digs, in addition to five kills on .385 hitting.  The senior setter closed out her career with 2,934 assists, fifth-most in Valpo history, and also broke the 1,000-dig milestone on Saturday, ending with 1,009 digs.  She also posted 433 career kills, 167 blocks and 71 service aces.  The trio of seniors helped Valpo to 94 wins over their four-year careers, extending the Crusaders’ streak of consecutive 20-win campaigns to 10 straight seasons.

Sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) matched Britton for team-high honors Saturday with seven kills as the Crusader offense struggled, picking up just 32 kills on .088 hitting over the course of the three sets.  Junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) led the back-line effort with 15 digs.

Jessica Brown led Western Michigan (24-8) with 10 kills, as five different Broncos picked up at least eight kills on the evening.  Lena Oliver led all players with 18 digs, while Ali Gossen and Ashley Turnage each were in on five of WMU’s nine blocks.

Valparaiso (20-15) closed the season with 20 wins thanks to its win in the Horizon League Championship quarterfinal over UIC, making Valpo just one of 12 programs nationwide to win 20-plus matches in each of the last 10 years.  This year’s Crusader squad broke into Valpo’s single-season top-10 charts in both digs (2,278; 7th) and blocks (271.5; 8th), while they also posted 147 service aces against just 146 service errors, the first time in program history the Crusaders have tallied more aces than errors on the serve.

Individually, Root, who ranks among the nation’s leaders in digs/set, moved up into third place on Valpo’s single-season digs chart with 677 digs in 2011, giving her two of the top-three single-season efforts in program history.  She will enter her senior year just 292 digs shy of the Crusader career record in the category.

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