Sunday, August 29, 2010
Valparaiso junior outside hitter Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) was named the Tournament MVP of the La Salle Invitational after helping lead the Crusaders to the tournament title this past weekend. In addition, junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) joined Britton on the All-Tournament Team.
Britton led the Crusaders offensively in their three wins at La Salle, combining for 39 kills on .295 hitting. The junior especially stood out in Saturday's two matches, opening the day with a match-high 13 kills on .478 hitting in the sweep of Hartford. Britton then came up with big kill after big kill in Valpo's win over 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Niagara, matching her career-best with 18 kills against the Purple Eagles. The All-Tournament accolade was the second of Britton's career.
Pokorny earned her first career All-Tournament honor in her first weekend as the Crusaders' starting full-time setter. The junior posted 98 assists, 29 digs, 16 kills, four blocks and four aces over the course of Valpo's three victories. She registered a pair of double-doubles, tallying 33 assists and 10 digs at La Salle and a career-best 44 assists to go with 14 digs against Niagara. Pokorny also enjoyed an outstanding weekend on the attack, hitting .325, highlighted by a .636 clip on seven kills against Hartford.
Britton and Pokorny were joined on the All-Tournament squad by Hartford's Kami Nethersole, La Salle's Jacquelyn Mitrovich and Niagara's Michelle James and Sam Morgan.
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