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Crusaders Drop Hard-Fought Match to Milwaukee
Kim Bukowski dished out 30 assists for Valpo on Sunday.
Kim Bukowski dished out 30 assists for Valpo on Sunday.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Box Score

Valparaiso took game three in extra points at league leader Milwaukee Sunday afternoon and sent game four into extra points, but could not prevail, as the Panthers earned a 3-1 (30-18, 30-21, 33-35, 31-29) victory over the Crusaders.

“I was very proud today how we came out and were aggressive after a lackluster first two games,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We really grew up a lot as a team this weekend, getting contributions from many different players from every position on the court.  That production is what we need if we’re going to continue to win matches.”

The first two games both featured long runs by the Panthers.  Milwaukee held a slight 15-14 advantage in the opener before taking the next eight points en route to closing the game on a 15-4 run.  In the second game, the Crusaders had closed UWM’s lead to 20-18 before the Panthers again got on a roll, ending the game on a 10-3 spurt to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

Game three looked like it would be the same way, as Milwaukee took an early 9-4 advantage and led 13-8 when Avery inserted sophomore Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) at setter.  Bukowski helped spark the Crusader offense, which was hitting just .039 to that point in the match, to a .287 hitting percentage the rest of the way.  Avery said of Bukowski, “Kim did a really great job coming in off of the bench and getting our offense going in the right direction.  It says a lot about her that she was able to enter in the middle of a crucial game and play so well.”

The Crusaders fought back and took their first lead of the game at 19-18, and it would remain tight the rest of the way.  With the two squads tied at 25, Valpo and Milwaukee traded the next 16 points, with the Panthers saving five game points.  But on the sixth opportunity, the Crusaders were the beneficiaries of a UWM attack error to send the match to game four.

Valpo trailed for much of game four as well, and were down as much as seven points at 24-17.  But the Crusaders once again fought back, scoring 10 of the next 12 points to take a 27-26 lead.  Milwaukee scored three of the next four to earn a match point at 29-28, but Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) registered a kill to tie the game at 29.  On Milwaukee’s second match point, Bollenbacher went up for an attack that was long with no touch called to give the Panthers the match.

“It was unfortunate the match ended on a tough call like that, but those things don’t always go your way,” said Avery.  “Val did a great job throughout the match getting her swing back to where it needs to be, and it was nice to see her do it against a good team like Milwaukee.”

Bollenbacher ended the match with 16 kills, second only to Angie Porché’s (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) 19, and hit at a .244 clip.  Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) chipped in 12 kills on .267 hitting for the Crusaders.  Bukowski dished out 30 assists on the afternoon, while Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) led all players with 20 digs.

Leanne Felsing paced Milwaukee (16-2, 7-1 Horizon) with 19 kills on .529 hitting and registered a triple-double, also picking up 28 assists and 11 digs.  Becky Peters led the Panthers with 17 digs, while Maddie Sueppel added 12 kills and nine blocks.

Valparaiso (14-6, 5-3 Horizon) gets a 12-day break from League play, and returns to the court next Friday for a non-conference matchup with former Mid-Continent Conference foe IUPUI.  First serve in Indianapolis is set for 6 p.m. CDT.
 

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
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