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Valpo Bounces Kangaroos in Kansas City

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Crusaders closed a brief two-match road trip Saturday night, racing past UMKC 30-26, 30-28, 30-27 at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Valpo came from behind for wins in the first two games before opening up a huge lead in game three and hanging on at the end. Angie Porché (Lywood, Ill./Thornton-Fractional South) led the Brown and Gold offense for the second straight night, hitting .364 with 14 kills and only two errors.

Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) joined Porché in double-figures with 11 kills, her seventh straight match with at least 10 kills. Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg, Ohio, H.S.) also had a second straight excellent offensive night, finishing with six kills and 42 assists.

Valpo also had a big night on the defensive end, holding UMKC to just a .125 hitting percentage, never letting the Kangaroos hit above .175 in a single game. Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) led the defensive charge with 26 digs, the third-most in a three-game match in school history. Marks set Valpo's three-game digs record (30) earlier this season, and had a 33-dig night at home last Friday.

The Crusaders picked up seven blocks on the night as well, led by four from Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) who had a career-best two solos. Meyer had a solid all-around night with seven kills and a .294 hitting mark.

Angela Melka and Sarah Johnson led UMKC (3-17, 1-3 Mid-Con) with 11 kills each. The Kangaroos had only five team blocks and were out-dug 57-55 by the Crusaders.

Valpo (12-7, 3-2 Mid-Con) will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center next weekend for Friday and Saturday night matches at 7:00 p.m. Both contests will be carried live on 95.1 FM and online at

box score
season stats
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler