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Crusaders Fall in Five-Setter to Loyola
Ellen Vanden Berg (L) posted 11 blocks and Mary Dent (R) tallied three blocks Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Ellen Vanden Berg (L) posted 11 blocks and Mary Dent (R) tallied three blocks Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Loyola (14-7, 6-2)
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Valparaiso (13-10, 5-3)
10/19/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 446
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Loyola2624162515
Valparaiso2426252113
Stats at a GlanceLUCVALPO
Hitting Pct..080.131
Kills5858
Errors4030
Total Attacks224214
Assists5253
Aces44
Digs110115
Blocks14.020.0
Statistical LeadersLUCVALPO
KillsEYTCHISON - 18
BEIL - 12
AssistsBROWN - 43
BERRINGTON - 28
AcesVOGEL - 2
HAUCH - 2
DigsKINANE - 30
ROOT - 28
BlocksBRESSER - 8
VANDEN BERG - 11

Friday, October 19, 2012

Despite one of the best blocking performances in program history, the Valparaiso volleyball team dropped a five-set decision Friday evening at the ARC to Loyola, 3-2 (26-24, 24-26, 16-25, 25-21, 15-13).

The Crusaders totaled 20 team blocks on Friday against the Ramblers, posting five apiece in sets one, two and five, three blocks in set three and a pair in set four.  The 20 blocks was one shy of the program record for blocks in a single match and was the most by a Valpo team in over seven years.  Junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) led the way with a career-high 11 rejections, matching the second-most in a five-set match in program history, while redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) added eight blocks and sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) posted seven.

Valpo looked to have the first set under control, leading 21-15 with the serve, but the Ramblers reeled off eight straight points to go ahead 23-21.  Kills by Vanden Berg and junior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) followed by a Loyola hitting error gave the Crusaders set point at 24-23, but three straight Rambler kills gave the opener to Loyola.  The second set was tight throughout, featuring ten tie scores, but Valpo never let the Ramblers gain the outright lead.  A kill by Beil put Valpo ahead 24-23 for the second straight set, and following a Loyola kill, the Crusaders got a kill from Victor followed by a block from Dooms and Vanden Berg to send the match into the in-game break tied at one set apiece.

The third set was all Valpo, as the Crusaders jumped out to leads of 7-1 and 13-4 and never trailed.  The lead never fell below six points as the Crusaders earned the two sets to one lead.  Valpo looked to put the match away in the fourth set, scoring four points in a five-point span thanks to two kills by Vanden Berg and one each from Dooms and senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) to turn a 17-17 tie into a 21-18 lead.  But following a Loyola timeout, the Ramblers scored the final seven points of the set to send the match to a decisive fifth set.

Loyola got out to a quick start in the final frame, forcing a Valpo timeout at 5-2.  The Crusaders scored six of the next eight points, however, including two blocks and a kill from Beil, to claim an 8-7 lead at the halfway point.  After falling behind 10-9, Beil tallied another kill and Vanden Berg and Victor combined on a block to put Valpo ahead 11-10.  Loyola scored the next three on a kill and two Crusader errors to go ahead 13-11, but Valpo answered with kills by Dooms and Den to make it 13-all.  But a pair of Rambler blocks would end the set and the match in Loyola’s favor.

“I’m extremely disappointed in this loss tonight,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “When you’re ahead 21-18 in the fourth set at home with the chance to win the match, you have to be able to close out.  Then the way we ended the fifth game, by committing errors on Loyola’s last four points, was extremely disappointing as well.”

Beil led the Crusaders offensively with 12 kills on .393 hitting, while Victor added 11 kills and Dooms 10.  Valpo hit .195 through the first three sets, but hit just .025 over the final two frames.  Freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) dished out 28 assists and junior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) added 15 assists.  The Crusaders totaled 115 team digs, led by 28 from senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison).  Berrington, Dooms and Cudney all finished with double-doubles, as the former two had 18 digs apiece and the latter 15 digs, while redshirt sophomore Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) posted 18 digs as well.

Anna Eytchison led Loyola (14-7, 6-2 Horizon) with 18 kills, while Kathleen Vogel (12) and Laura Purcell (11) finished in double figures as well.  Brittany Brown tallied 43 assists and 22 digs, Stephanie Kinane led all players with 30 digs and Libby Bresser paced the Ramblers with eight blocks.

Valparaiso (13-10, 5-3 Horizon) looks to bounce back Saturday night as the Crusaders host UIC in Horizon League play.  The game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso.  Links for the live video and audio, as well as live stats, will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
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Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
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Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
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Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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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)
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Apr 21 Valpo 10
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Apr 22 Valpo 1
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Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
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Apr 25
W 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.
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Apr 26
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
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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Apr 27
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Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
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Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
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