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Crusaders Sweep Chicago State, Extend Winning Streak to 11

Friday, November 14, 2008

Valparaiso extended its winning streak to 11 matches Friday evening, stepping out of league play to sweep Chicago State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-21) in Chicago, Ill.

“It was fun to watch the future of our program on the court tonight, with three freshmen and three sophomores out there all night long,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “I thought we did a really nice job offensively, not getting into extended rallies with Chicago State and maintaining our rate of kills.”

The Crusaders utilized their youth for the sweep Friday, as all six of their starters in each set were underclassmen.  Sophomore outside hitter Andrea Balsis (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) matched her career high with 11 kills while hitting .364 and also registered a career-best four blocks, while sophomore middle hitter Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) also tied her career high with ten kills and also tallied seven blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) set new career highs across the board, registering seven kills on .429 hitting while chipping in two service aces and five digs.  Sophomore middle hitter Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) dominated offensively, recording seven kills on just eight swings for an .875 hitting percentage.  Freshman setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) posted new career bests in kills (4), assists (34) and blocks (3), while freshman right side Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) also set a new career high with four kills.

The few upperclassmen who did play all contributed as well for the Crusaders.  Senior right side Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) and junior outside hitter Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) came in and played exclusively back row on Friday.  Meyer, who entered the match with just one career service ace, registered a match-best three aces.  Senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) led all players with 11 digs on the back line.

The first set was close until the midway point, as the Cougars closed within one point at 12-11.  But Layman tallied a kill on the next play, and Meyer stepped back to the service line and served seven points in a row to put away the frame.  Valpo led the second set from start to finish, while the third and final set was tight throughout.  Chicago State recorded back-to-back points to tie the decisive frame at 21, but Newton registered three kills in the final four points to close out the sweep.

Mazvita Maziveyi led Chicago State (0-29) with six kills, while Chy Crichton handed out 17 assists.  Crichton also paced the Cougars with eight digs.

Valparaiso (22-6) ends Horizon League play Saturday afternoon with a 4 p.m. match at the Athletics-Recreation Center against Wright State.  Prior to the match, the Crusaders’ trio of seniors: Malicoat, Meyer and Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) will be honored on Senior Day.

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