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Crusaders Drop HL Opener at UIC
Sarah Dooms posted a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Sarah Dooms posted a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (8-7/0-1)
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UIC (7-8/1-0)
9/21/2012 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 362
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Valparaiso20252424 --
UIC25212626 --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUIC
Hitting Pct..120.173
Kills5262
Errors2929
Total Attacks192191
Assists4354
Aces62
Digs7880
Blocks5.09.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOUIC
KillsDOOMS - 15
SAFRANEK - 17
MCCOY - 17
AssistsBERRINGTON - 24
IMRIE - 50
AcesDOOMS - 3
STERNARD - 1
GARCIA - 1
DigsROOT - 22
STRUS - 25
BlocksBEIL - 2
VICTOR - 2
VANDEN BERG - 2
DENT - 2
DISMUKE - 6

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened up Horizon League play on Friday evening in Chicago, Ill., falling to host UIC, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24).

Valpo led early in the opening set at 4-3 following a kill by junior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), but UIC scored five of the next six points to go ahead 8-5.  The Crusaders answered with three straight thanks to a kill by redshirt sophomore Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) and two UIC errors, but the Flames went on a 7-1 run to take control. 

A three-point spurt late in the set which included a kill from senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) and a service ace by junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) closed Valpo to within 20-16, but the Crusaders were unable to string together back-to-back points the rest of the set as UIC took the opener.

A back-and-forth early going in the second set turned into a Valpo advantage, as the Crusaders strung together three straight points on a kill and ace from Vanden Berg and a Dent termination to go ahead 9-7.  The teams then proceeded to trade 12 consecutive sideouts before Valpo scored four straight, including two more kills from Dent, to take an 18-13 advantage.

Three consecutive kills from Dooms, sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) pushed the lead out to 21-14 as the Crusaders looked to close out the second frame.  UIC would score seven of the next ten points to move within 24-21, but on its third set point opportunity, Dooms and Vanden Berg teamed up for a block to send the match into the in-game break knotted at one set apiece.

A 5-0 run by the Flames approaching the midway point of the third set put UIC ahead 13-8, a margin which it would maintain through 19-14.  The Crusaders took advantage of a pair of Flame errors and a block by Dent and Victor to cut into the UIC edge, closing to 19-17.  But the Flames looked to have control, keeping a multiple-point lead and earning set point at 24-20.

But Valpo rallied to force extra points, getting kills from junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) and Vanden Berg sandwiching a Dooms service ace to induce a timeout from UIC at 24-23.  Following the stoppage, the Flames were called for a double hit as the Crusaders tied the frame at 24-all.  But UIC closed out the set with consecutive kills to take a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.

The Crusaders led throughout most of the first half of the fourth set, but the Flames scored four straight points to turn an 11-10 Valpo lead into a 14-11 deficit.  Valpo scored three of the next four, including a kill and an ace by Dooms, to close back to within one point, but couldn’t re-take the lead until a Dooms kill and a pair of Flame errors put the Crusaders on top 20-19.

Momentum was hard to come by as the set neared its zenith, as UIC tied the frame with a kill and then answered terminations by Vanden Berg and Dooms with kills of its own to make it 22-all.  The Flames committed an attack error to again give the Crusaders a one-point edge at 23-22, but UIC posted back-to-back kills to earn the first match point chance at 24-23.  Hauch came up with a big kill to tie the set at 24-all and force extra points for the second straight set, but the Crusaders couldn’t push the match to a decisive fifth set, as UIC got a kill from Molly McCoy, who then combined with Janise Dismuke on a block to close the contest.

Dooms was the only Crusader to finish in double figures in the kill column, posting a season-best 15 kills to go along with 15 digs, as Valpo was out-killed by UIC, 62-52.  Berrington handed out 24 assists to go with 17 from junior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte).  Dooms also registered three of Valpo’s six service aces, while senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) paced the Crusaders with 22 digs, leaving her just 21 digs shy of Valpo’s all-time record in the category.

McCoy and Safranek led UIC (7-8, 1-0 Horizon) with 17 kills each, while Sara Sternard added 11 kills.  MaryKate Imrie dished out 50 assists and tallied 12 digs.  Maggie Strus recorded a match-high 25 digs, while Dismuke led all players with six blocks.

Valparaiso (8-7, 0-1 Horizon) closes out the league’s Chicago swing on Saturday afternoon with a 4 p.m. match at Loyola.  Live stats and live video through the Horizon League Network will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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 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
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 UIC
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
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