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Crusaders Win In Four at Butler
Porché led Valpo in both kills and digs for the second straight match Saturday.
Porché led Valpo in both kills and digs for the second straight match Saturday.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Box Score

For the second time in less than 24 hours, Valparaiso earned a hard-fought road victory in Horizon League play, defeating Butler 3-1 (30-20, 16-30, 30-27, 30-27) Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind.  With the victory, the Crusaders find themselves alone in first place in the League standings.

“Again, it was another not-so-pretty performance by us,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “But when we needed the big points, we were able to execute, which allowed us to win the match.  It’s nice to see us coming away with victories when we have so many people affected by injuries or illness, that they’re still able to perform.”

The Crusaders cruised to victory in the opening game, hitting at a .225 clip while holding Butler to .065 hitting.  The second game was a much different story, as the Bulldogs registered 10 blocks in the game on their way to tying the match up at a game apiece.

Games three and four were similar in nature, as the two squads combined for 18 ties and 11 lead changes over the two games.  Butler held a 21-17 lead in the third game as it looked to take the lead, but the Crusaders used an 11-4 spurt, including three kills from Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) to take control and go up two games to one.  Game four was tied at 17 before Valpo scored seven of the next 10 points, getting four kills during the run from Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen).  Butler closed back to within two points three times, but the Crusaders ended the match on their second match point with a kill from Bollenbacher.

Porché paced the Crusader offense with 20 kills on .261 hitting, the second straight match she has reached the 20-kill plateau.  The sophomore also led Valpo on the back row with 18 digs and added five blocks.  Bollenbacher posted 12 kills in the win, while Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) and Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) added nine apiece.

“It was great to see another good defensive output from Angie,” said Avery.  “Not only is she leading us offensively, but she’s also taking charge defensively and forming herself into a very complete player.”

Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West), who earned the start at setter after her superb performance Friday night at Wright State, dished out 47 assists running the Valpo offense.  Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) led the Crusader defense at the net with six blocks, while Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) supplemented Porché’s play on the back line with 14 digs.

The Crusaders overcame a triple-double by Butler’s Michelle DeGeeter, who recorded 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks in the losing effort.  Porshia Allen paced the Butler (8-8, 2-3 Horizon) offense with 11 kills, while Nina Inic posted 16 digs.

Valparaiso (13-3, 4-0 Horizon) puts its perfect League record on the line Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The Crusaders will host Cleveland State with first serve slated for 7 p.m.  Live audio, video and statistics can all be found at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
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)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo