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Crusaders Earn Second Seed With Win Over Wright State
Janelle Hobbs matched a career high with 17 kills Friday.
Janelle Hobbs matched a career high with 17 kills Friday.
Valparaiso (24-6, 10-3 Horizon)
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Wright State (6-25, 0-13 Horizon)
11/15/2013 | Wright State | Attendance: 198
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Valparaiso27252325 --
Wright State25232518 --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOWSU
Hitting Pct..242.174
Kills6055
Errors2227
Total Attacks157161
Assists5352
Aces43
Digs6563
Blocks10.011.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOWSU
KillsHOBBS - 17
RUFFING - 18
AssistsBERRINGTON - 30
PUTHOFF - 47
AcesDOOMS - 2
BRUINSMA - 2
SENF - 2
DigsLONGORIA - 21
GLASSMEYER - 21
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 7
PUTHOFF - 7

Friday, November 15, 2013

Valparaiso volleyball senior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was skipped during the introduction of starting lineups prior to Friday afternoon's match at Wright State, but Hobbs got the last laugh, putting together a career performance to lead the Crusaders as they downed the Raiders, 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18). With the win, Valpo secured outright second place in the Horizon League and the second seed in the upcoming league tournament.

Hobbs matched her career best with 17 kills in the victory, more than doubling her previous season high. The senior right side also was efficient with her attacks, putting down the 17 kills on just 28 swings and committing just one attack error to hit at a tremendous .571 clip. Hobbs missed by just five percentage points cracking Valpo's all-time top-five hitting percentages in a four-set match. Hobbs wasn't the only Crusader to enjoy a stellar match on the attack, as senior middle Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) backed her up with 13 kills on .407 hitting as well.

The victory would not come easily for Valpo, as each of the first three sets went right down to the wire. The Crusaders led 14-12 in the opener before an 8-0 run from the Raiders gave them a commanding 20-14 lead. Trailing 23-18, Valpo got two kills from Vanden Berg and one from Hobbs to close within two points, but an attack error gave Wright State three set points at 24-21.

Back-to-back Raider errors gave the Crusaders life, and a kill from Hobbs tied the frame at 24-all and forced extra points. WSU's Stephanie Ruffing posted a kill for a fourth set point opportunity, but Vanden Berg fought that off with another termination. Then, sophomore Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) perfectly executed a setter dump for a kill, giving Valpo its first set point chance at 26-25, and the Crusaders claimed the opener on a WSU attack error.

Valpo looked to have the second set under control after an 8-3 spurt gave the Crusaders a 19-14 edge, but Wright State fought back with five straight points to tie things up. The Raiders would claim a pair of one-point leads late in the frame, the latest coming at 23-22, but the Crusaders found kills from Vanden Berg, Hobbs and junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) to end the set with three straight points and head into the in-game break up two sets to none.

Valpo scored the first four points of the third set, but the Raiders would come from behind and claim their first lead at 11-10. The teams went back and forth, as Wright State led late at 21-18 before three straight Crusader points tied it at 21 apiece. But the Raiders scored the next two points and the teams then traded sideouts the rest of the way as the match extended into a fourth set. The fourth frame would be all Valpo, however, as after WSU rallied from an early 5-1 Crusader lead to tie it at 7-7, the Crusaders scored nine of the next 11 points to take control for good.

Valpo hit .242 for the match with 60 kills as a team, as Berrington handed out 30 assists and senior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) tallied 16 assists. On the defensive side, freshman Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) led the way for the Crusaders in the back row with 21 digs, while Berrington registered a double-double by picking up 11 digs as well. At the net, Vanden Berg paced Valpo with seven blocks, as the Crusaders totaled 10 team blocks.

Stephanie Ruffing led Wright State (6-25, 0-13 Horizon) with 18 kills on .262 hitting, while Haley Garr and Heidi Splinter added 10 kills apiece. Miranda Puthoff was part of seven of the Raiders' 11 blocks.

Valparaiso (24-6, 10-3 Horizon) closes out the regular season Saturday afternoon at Oakland. First serve is set for 3 p.m., with live video through the Horizon League Network and live stats available at 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