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Valpo Drops Season Finale to Western Michigan
Haley Wise was one of three Crusaders to play her final career match Saturday. (Teri LaJeunesse)
Haley Wise was one of three Crusaders to play her final career match Saturday. (Teri LaJeunesse)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Valparaiso dropped its season finale to Western Michigan Saturday evening, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15), in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The opening set featured ten ties and five lead changes.  The Broncos rallied from a 16-13 deficit to score three straight points to force a 16-16 tie before Valpo went on a 5-3 spurt, featuring kills by Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and a pair of terminations by Tara Diebler (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central), to take a 21-19 advantage.  After WMU scored three straight points to take the lead back, Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) tallied a kill to tie things up at 22, but the Broncos scored three more points in a row to close out the opener.

Neither of the final two sets was quite as close for the Crusaders.  Valpo cut a four-point deficit to two points midway through the second set, but WMU responded with four straight points to take control of that frame for good and enter intermission with a two-set lead.  The final set saw the Broncos run out to leads of 10-1 and 14-2 en route to earning the sweep.

Valparaiso’s three graduating seniors all saw multiple sets of action on Saturday in Kalamazoo.  Porché posted ten kills and eight digs in her final career match and closed her career with 2,046 career kills and 5,171 career attacks, both Crusader all-time records, to go along with 1,101 career digs.  Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) dished out 27 assists and eight digs and ended her career with 3,543 career helpers, third-most in Valpo history, while Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) tallied five digs in her final match and finished her four years with 572 career digs.

“It was bittersweet to send our seniors off tonight,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “The result wasn’t what I was hoping for for the three of them, but they have all been a big part of this program, helping to lead the team into the Horizon League, and have all made contributions to our team beyond the stat sheet that will live on for years to come.”

Britton led the Crusaders offensively with 11 kills without committing an attack error, hitting at a .423 clip for the evening.  Freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) paced Valparaiso (22-11) with 22 digs on the back line.

Western Michigan (24-11) hit .378 as a team on Saturday, led by a .556 effort from Michelle Moore, who posted 15 kills without an attack error.  Jessica Brown and Katie Eberling each also hit over .400 for the Broncos, who got a match-best 26 digs from Caitlin Strimel.

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