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Crusaders Split Two Matches at MSU Eagle Challenge
Kelsey Victor set a new career high in kills against Savannah State. (Ray Acevedo)
Kelsey Victor set a new career high in kills against Savannah State. (Ray Acevedo)
Missouri (4-5)
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Valparaiso (7-1)
9/7/2012 | Morehead, Ky. | Attendance: 110
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Missouri252525 -- --
Valparaiso172218 -- --
Stats at a GlanceMIZZOUVALPO
Hitting Pct..265.153
Kills4534
Errors1517
Total Attacks113111
Assists4333
Aces42
Digs5446
Blocks8.54.0
Statistical LeadersMIZZOUVALPO
KillsLisa Henning - 15
VANDEN BERG - 9
AssistsMolly Kreklow - 34
BERRINGTON - 14
CUDNEY - 14
AcesWhitney Little - 3
HAUCH - 1
VANDEN BERG - 1
DigsMolly Kreklow - 12
Jade Hayes - 12
ROOT - 15
BlocksWhitney Little - 4
VICTOR - 3

Friday, September 07, 2012

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened up play at the MSU Eagle Challenge in Morehead, Ky. with a pair of matches, splitting two results.  The Crusaders started the day with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) loss against SEC foe Missouri, but rebounded later in the afternoon with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-14) sweep over Savannah State.

Valpo used large early-set runs in each of the first two frames in its nightcap to jump ahead in the match against Savannah State.  The two sides were tied at 6-6 in the opening set before the Crusaders rattled off 12 of the next 13 points to take control.  Redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) tallied four kills during the run, while fellow redshirt sophomore Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) picked up three terminations as Valpo claimed a double-digit lead for good.

The decisive run in the second set came even earlier, as with a 4-3 lead, the Crusaders rolled off nine consecutive points to go ahead 13-3.  Victor and Hauch each posted a pair of kills during the run, while freshman Chelsey Tekavec (Solon, Ohio/Solon) served throughout the run and tallied an ace as well.  The lead never dipped under eight points the rest of the way as the Crusaders took a two-set lead.

The third set saw Valpo tally five points in a row to push a 6-5 lead to 11-5, including two kills by Victor and a pair of service aces from Tekavec.  The 5-0 run started a larger 9-2 push as the Crusaders went ahead by a 15-7 count.  Savannah State scored the next three points to cut the Valpo advantage to five, but Hauch picked up a kill and two aces as part of a four-point spurt to push the lead back up to 19-10 as the Crusaders cruised to the sweep.

Victor paced the Crusaders in the sweep with a career-best 14 kills on .542 hitting, one of three Valpo players to reach double figures in kills.  Junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) posted 11 kills on 14 swings without an error, good for a hitting percentage of .714, the fifth-best mark in a three-set match in Crusader history.  Hauch added 10 kills without an error as well, swinging at a .417 clip, as Valpo tallied 47 kills on .389 hitting as a team.

Freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) handed out a season-high 38 assists in the winning effort, running the Crusader offense throughout the match.  Tekavec led Valpo in both aces and digs, registering season-highs in both categories with three aces and 12 digs.

In the Crusaders’ first match of the day, they were unable to gain the lead late in sets despite being close.  Valpo trailed by one just one midway through the first set at 15-14 and rallied back to within three at 20-17 after giving up a 5-1 run, but Mizzou scored five in a row to close the opener. 

The second set saw the Crusaders jump out to a big lead by scoring the first six points of the frame, but the Tigers went on a 7-0 run when trailing 9-3 to re-claim the edge.  Valpo closed to within one point three times in the latter stages of the set and staved off one set point to move within 24-22, but a block closed out the second set in Missouri’s favor.  Then, in the third set, the Tigers reeled off five straight points with the Crusaders within 8-7, and Valpo got no closer than three points the rest of the way.

Junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) paced Valpo against Mizzou with nine kills on .333 hitting, while sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) committed no errors on 19 swings, putting down eight kills to swing at a .421 clip.  Berrington and junior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) each handed out 14 assists.  Senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) led the back line with 15 digs while Hauch picked up 13 of her own.

Valparaiso (5-5) closes out play at the MSU Eagle Challenge on Saturday afternoon against host Morehead State at 1 p.m. CDT.  Live stats for the match are available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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