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Crusaders Take Down League-Leading Milwaukee
Angie Porch� posted 16 kills and a team-best 20 digs Friday.
Angie Porch� posted 16 kills and a team-best 20 digs Friday.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Milwaukee box score

Valparaiso outkilled league-leading Milwaukee by a 60-37 margin Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center en route to a 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-10, 25-21) victory over the Panthers.

“Again, I’m just so proud of this team,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “It’s always great when you can knock off the top team in the league, and it pulls us closer to the top of the standings.  I thought tonight was a total team effort.  We really have been focusing on our defense transition and I thought you could tell tonight.  We did a wonderful job in that aspect and ended up out-digging Milwaukee and almost out-blocking them as well.”

The Crusader offense, which has dominated opponents all season long and currently leads the nation in kills/set, out-killed Milwaukee by 23 terminations, the ninth time this year they have out-killed their opposition by at least 20.  Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) led the way offensively for the third straight match, registering 20 kills on .289 hitting, while Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) picked up 16 kills to bump her career total to 1,448 kills, just 57 shy of Valpo’s all-time leader in the category.

The first set was a close affair, but was controlled by the Panthers for the most part.  Down 15-11, Valpo put together a 6-2 mini-spurt to knot up the frame at 17 apiece, keyed by two kills and two blocks by Porché, the second of which was of the solo variety.  But out of the stoppage, Milwaukee put together four straight points to pull ahead 21-17, and while the Crusaders closed to within one point at 23-22, Milwaukee tallied back-to-back points to close out the opener.

Trailing by a set, it was the Crusaders who jumped on top early in the second set, going ahead 9-3 and forcing a Panther timeout.  Milwaukee would not let Valpo pull ahead by any more than six points, however, slowly crawling back into contention and eventually tying the set at 21-21 after a pair of Crusader attack errors.

Porché tallied back-to-back kills on the next two points to put Valpo ahead 23-21, but a kill by Kerri Schuh followed by a Crusader attack error tied it up again at 23.  An attack error by the Panthers gave the Crusaders their first set point, but Natalie Schmitting knotted the frame right back up at 24.  That was it for Milwaukee, though, as Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) tallied both the penultimate and deciding kills to send the match into the in-game break at a set apiece.

The third set was far and away all Valpo.  Milwaukee burned both its timeouts by the time it was 12-5 Crusaders, and Valpo did not let up, going on another 10-2 run later in the set to close the Panthers out and go ahead two sets to one.  The Crusaders hit at a scintillating .423 clip in the third frame while holding Milwaukee to a -.103 attack percentage.

Valpo went ahead for good in a final set that saw eight ties and three lead changes at 10-9, starting a 5-1 run that put it ahead 14-10.  The Panthers kept fighting, however, crawling back to within two points at 21-19 after a service ace and forcing a Valpo timeout.  Porché again stepped up when the Crusaders needed her most, though, sandwiching a Milwaukee attack error with two kills to give Valpo match point at 24-19.  The Panthers staved off the first two attempts, but Porché closed out the match with her 16th kill to give Valpo the win.

In the back row, Porché led the way as well, registering a season-best 20 digs for a double-double.  Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) tallied 18 digs of her own, while Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) picked up 13 and Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) chipped in 12.  Sears registered a team-best six blocks, while Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) dished out 53 assists running the Crusader offense.

“Allison had another great performance on both sides of the ball, and I thought Angie was just as good in the back row as she was up front tonight,” said Avery.  “I just thought we did a really good job taking care of the ball, and great things happened because of that.  Haley, especially, did a great job in the back row tonight.  She often does a lot of things that people don’t notice, and when she’s as good as she was tonight, we are a much better team.”

Milwaukee (15-7, 8-2 Horizon) was led by 12 kills from Becky Peters, while Kerri Schuh added ten terminations.  Morgan Potter paced the Panther back row with 13 digs.

Valparaiso (15-6, 6-4 Horizon) improved to 6-1 at the ARC this year with the victory and maintained its position ½ game back of the second spot in the league standings.  The Crusaders will look for their ninth win in the last ten matches Saturday at 4 p.m. as they host Green Bay.  All the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live statistics and video.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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