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Different Location, Same Story: Crusaders Sweep Penguins
Kim Bukowski handed out 42 assists Friday night.
Kim Bukowski handed out 42 assists Friday night.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Youngstown State box score

Valparaiso had to venture out on the road for just the second time this month on Friday evening, but did not let the change of venue affect its play, winning for the tenth time in its last 11 matches in a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) of Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio.

“We really played a great match tonight,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We did a lot of things well.  We were very aggressive all night long, especially in our service game.  We did a very good job keeping Youngstown State out of system, which was our game plan coming in.  They have one of the best middles in the league, and I felt like we were able to take her out of the match a bit.”

The Crusader offense, which entered the week leading the nation in both kills/set and assists/set, continued to get the job done on Friday, as Valpo put up 52 kills on .270 hitting in the sweep and held a 19-kill advantage over Youngstown State (10-13, 3-9 Horizon).  But the Crusader defense also did its job well, holding the Penguins to .186 hitting and outdigging YSU, 47-38.

All three sets played out similarly for the Crusaders, as Youngstown State never led later than 6-5 in any of the three frames.  The Penguins were within one point at 11-10 in the opener until Valpo scored ten of the next 15 points to pull away.  In the second set, it was a 10-3 Crusader run with the score tied at ten apiece that cemented the outcome, while in the final set, Valpo put together an early 7-2 spurt and never let the Penguins any closer than three.

“We played a very confident match tonight, something as a coach I’ve wanted to see for a while,” said Avery.  “We had a goal coming in to not give up any long runs of five or six points in a row, and we were able to do that.  We just did a very good job in every aspect of the game.”

Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) led the balanced Valpo offense with 14 kills and is now just 32 shy of Valpo’s all-time record in the category.  While Porché paced the team in kills, each of the Crusaders’ other four primary hitters hit .290 or better for the match and picked up at least seven kills, keeping the Penguins off-balance all night.  Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) registered 12 kills, while Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) picked up eight terminations and Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) seven apiece.  Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) dished out 42 assists in the sweep.

On the other side of the ball, Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) continued to add to her program-record dig total, registering 18 digs to extend her streak of matches with at least ten digs to 74 consecutive.  Bollenbacher and Porché each recorded ten digs as well.  At the net, Bollenbacher and Sears tied for team-high honors with three blocks.

Valparaiso (17-6, 8-4 Horizon) has now won six consecutive matches and over that span is 18-3 in sets played.  The Crusaders will look to continue their roll Saturday afternoon at Cleveland State in a key league matchup at 3 p.m.  Live audio is available at www.sportsjuice.com, while links to the audio as well as live stats will be offered at www.valpoathletics.com.

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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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