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Valpo Drops Four-Set Match to Cleveland State
Taylor Root moved into second on Valpo's all-time digs chart Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Taylor Root moved into second on Valpo's all-time digs chart Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (18-12, 9-6 HL)
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Cleveland State (18-7, 11-3 HL)
11/5/2011 | Cleveland, Ohio | Attendance: 362
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Cleveland State22252525 --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOCSU
Hitting Pct..090.225
Kills4557
Errors3123
Total Attacks156151
Assists4353
Aces36
Digs6262
Blocks13.012.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOCSU
KillsBRITTON - 10
DENT - 10
KOCH - 22
AssistsPOKORNY - 38
GOAD - 41
AcesPOKORNY - 2
GOAD - 2
GRABIEC - 2
DigsROOT - 28
GRABIEC - 15
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 7
FREASE - 8

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Valparaiso captured the first set Saturday afternoon from Cleveland State in Cleveland, Ohio, but the Vikings took the next three sets to deal the Crusaders a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15) defeat.

The Crusaders needed a big rally late to take the opening set, as Cleveland State took control around the mid-way point and pushed out to a 21-17 advantage.  But a combination of Viking attack errors and a trio of kills by junior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) combined for the next six points as the Crusaders took a 23-21 lead.  A setter dump by CSU’s Jordan Goad briefly stopped the Valpo run, but a kill from freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) gave the Crusaders set point and Beil then teamed up with senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) on the set-winning block.

The two squads traded massive runs in the second set.  With the score tied at 8-all, Cleveland State scored nine of the next 10 points to claim a 17-9 lead.  But the Crusaders responded immediately, going on a 10-3 run of their own, featuring two kills and a block by redshirt freshman Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) and a solo block and a service ace from Pokorny, to close within 20-19.  That was as close as Valpo got, however, as CSU closed the set on a 5-1 spurt to send the match into the in-game break tied at one set apiece.

A strong offensive attack from Cleveland State in the final two sets would be the Crusaders’ undoing, as the Vikings combined to hit .368 with 32 kills over the last two sets compared to .101 hitting and 20 kills by Valpo.  Three straight points with the third set tied at five-all gave Cleveland State the lead for good in the third, while the Crusaders were able to tie the score only once early in the fourth and final set.

“For the first time all year, our serve receive was not good, and we were not able to get into a rhythm offensively,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We again made too many errors as well.  We did do some good things defensively, but we couldn’t execute from our good defensive plays.”

Dent and senior Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) led the Crusaders Saturday afternoon with 10 kills apiece.  Pokorny handed out 38 assists and also chipped in four blocks, while sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) was in on seven rejections and Hauch was part of six of Valpo’s 13 total team blocks.  Junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) easily led all players with 28 digs, in the process moving past Sara Silcox for the second spot on Valpo’s all-time digs chart.

Kara Koch paced Cleveland State (18-7, 11-3 Horizon) with 22 kills on .308 hitting and also added 14 digs Saturday.  Goad also picked up a double-double with 41 assists and 10 digs, while Amy Grabiec led the Vikings with 15 digs.

Valparaiso (18-12, 9-6 Horizon) briefly steps out of league play next Tuesday as the Crusaders travel to Chicago State for a 7 p.m. match.

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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
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