Friday, November 10, 2006
Led by 13 kills on just 15 attacks by reigning Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Week Nicole Schulz
(Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran), Valparaiso downed Chicago State in a non-conference matchup Friday night in Chicago, Ill., 30-19, 30-19, 30-19.
Schulz also did not commit any attack errors amid her 15 swings, giving her an .867 hitting percentage for the match. The .867 mark is the best by any Mid-Con player this season in a match, and ranks as the second-best single match performance in Crusader history, only trailing Cyndi Norman's .917 clip at Western Illinois in 2000. Schulz is on pace to smash Valpo's single-season hitting percentage record, which currently sits at .311, as she is hitting at a .338 clip on the year.
The Crusaders got off to a quick start, running out to a 10-4 lead in game one and cruising from there. Game two saw the Cougars come as close as 17-16 after holding leads early in the game, but Valpo answered with a 6-1 run to secure the second frame. The Brown and Gold scored the first four points of game three and never looked back as they completed the sweep.
(Waukesha, Wis./West) had a solid outing as the primary setter, recording her first career double-double. Bukowski dished out 44 assists for the Crusaders and tallied a career-best 12 digs, while also contributing four kills on just seven attacks.
(Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) contributed nine kills on just 15 attacks for Valpo, hitting at a .533 clip for the match. On the back line, Brittany Marks
(Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) continued her consecutive match streak leading Valpo in digs, extending the string to 37 straight matches with a 14-dig effort.
Jessica Khouri paced the Cougars with seven kills, as Chicago State (0-31) managed just 25 markers for the match. Christine Eberhardt tallied 11 digs to lead CSU.
Valparaiso (19-11) extends its stretch of victories over Chicago State to 33, and will look to clinch second place outright in the Mid-Con standings Saturday night when the Crusaders travel to IUPUI. First serve is set for 6 p.m., and all the action can be heard live at www.sportsjuice.com, with Eric Brooks and Adam Amin on the call.