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Crusaders Sweep Wright State for Third Straight Win
Kelsey Victor led the Crusaders with 11 kills and hit over .500 Friday. (Kevin Fedde)
Kelsey Victor led the Crusaders with 11 kills and hit over .500 Friday. (Kevin Fedde)
Wright State (2-25, 0-10)
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Valparaiso (16-10, 7-3)
10/26/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 551
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Wright State202318 -- --
Valparaiso252525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceWSUVALPO
Hitting Pct..153.271
Kills4150
Errors1814
Total Attacks150133
Assists3448
Aces33
Digs6179
Blocks4.56.0
Statistical LeadersWSUVALPO
KillsAIELLO - 12
VICTOR - 11
AssistsLUCCO - 30
BERRINGTON - 24
AcesSPLINTER - 2
CUDNEY - 2
DigsSPLINTER - 16
ROOT - 31
BlocksAIELLO - 2
SPLINTER - 2
BRANCO - 2
BEIL - 3
VICTOR - 3
VANDEN BERG - 3

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Valparaiso volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches on Friday evening, sweeping Wright State 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The opening set was never in doubt, as the Crusaders used an early 7-1 run to push their advantage to 13-5 at the halfway point. Four different Valpo players had kills during the run, while junior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) added a service ace in addition to her kill. After Wright State cut the lead to 14-10, another 7-1 spurt gave Valpo a double-digit lead, and while the Raiders rallied late to within 24-20, a kill by junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) gave the opener to the Crusaders.

The second set was much tighter in the waning stages, as a three-point run by the Raiders cut Valpo's edge to 19-18. The Crusaders responded with four of the next six points, including a pair of kills from redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport), to go ahead 23-20, but Wright State scored the next two to move to within one point. A kill by junior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) gave Valpo set point, and while the Raiders held off one Crusader chance, a termination from junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) put Valpo ahead 2-0 into the in-game break.

An early 6-2 Crusader lead quickly turned into a deficit in the third set, as Wright State scored seven of the next nine to lead 9-8. The Raiders still led 11-10 before a huge 12-3 run by Valpo put it in complete control. The run showcased the balanced Crusader offense, as all six Valpo primary attackers had a kill during the run, which put Valpo ahead by eight points. Eventually, a kill from senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) closed out the Crusader sweep.

Victor led the balanced Valpo offense with 11 kills on .556 hitting, while Dooms and Vanden Berg added eight kills apiece. Dent, Hobbs and sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) each chipped in seven kills as well as the Crusaders hit .271 as a team, posting 50 kills against just 14 attack errors. Freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) handed out 24 assists to go along with 18 from Cudney.

“It was nice to see us have such a high hitting percentage in a league match, because that's something we've struggled with this year,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. “Tonight, it had a lot to do with our passing being so good, and then our setters are really maturing in their decision-making process in choosing where to set.”

Senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) registered a tremendous 31 digs in just three sets, trailing only her own mark of 34 for most digs in a three-set match in the nation this season. Dooms added 17 digs and redshirt sophomore Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) posted 10 digs as Valpo out-dug Wright State 79-61.

“As a senior and as a two-time honorable mention All-American, we expect great things from Taylor every match because she's such a great player,” said Avery. “But tonight, Taylor really took it to another level. She was absolutely unbelievable.”

Wright State (2-25, 0-10 Horizon) was led by 12 kills on .391 hitting from Marisa Aiello, while Heidi Splinter added 10 kills and a team-best 16 digs. Ashleigh Lucco also registered a double-double in the losing effort for the Raiders with 30 assists and 11 digs.

Valparaiso (16-10, 7-3 Horizon) steps out of league play to start a three-match road trip on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders play at Chicago State at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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