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Valpo Women Set to Tee Up 2011-2012 Season
Erika Pfaender and the Crusaders tee off the season on Saturday. (Valpo Sports Media Relations)
Erika Pfaender and the Crusaders tee off the season on Saturday. (Valpo Sports Media Relations)

Friday, September 09, 2011

The 2011-2012 women’s golf season begins with a great deal of optimism for the Valparaiso Crusaders.  Mat Blair has taken over the helm of the third year program, which finished sixth at the Horizon League Championships, and he inherits eight letterwinners and one new freshman.  Valpo looks to continue the steady improvement that the program has shown since it was formed prior to the 2009-2010 campaign.

Sophomore Erika Pfaender led the way for the Brown and Gold one year ago, averaging 83.3 strokes per contest, and posted a pair of top-10 finishes.  Pfaender was named to the Horizon League’s All-Tournament Team after finishing in a tie for fifth place, and again she looks to pace the Crusaders in the new year.

Brianna Davy and Kelly Voigt both averaged under 85 as well during their rookie seasons, finishing with 83.8 and 84.5 stroke averages respectively.  Davy set the school record with a round of 76 as well as a 36-hole total of 154 for the Brown and Gold.  She gained a great deal of experience over this past summer as well, playing as an amateur in an LPGA Future Tour event.  Voigt also played all 18 rounds as a freshman, turning in a 36-hole tournament best of 159.

Michelle Kleckner also appeared in every tournament as a freshman, averaging 85.7 shots per round.  She had a season’s best individual round of 77, and earned a top-10 finish at the Chicago State Cougar Classic.  The only other sophomore on this year’s roster is Alyssa Cameron.  She participated in one event as a rookie, and looks to make an even bigger impact this season after gaining a year’s experience of collegiate golf.

Junior Jessica O’Brien leads the upperclass contingent for Valparaiso heading into the new season.  She dropped her scoring average by nearly an entire stroke from her freshman to sophomore years, and looks to make even larger strides this year.

Kathleen Cooper returns to the lineup again in 2011-2012 after missing all of last season with an injury.  She competed in all 19 rounds as a freshman during the team’s inaugural season.  Annie Nolan also returns to the roster for her junior year, but may miss the entire season with an injury.  She dropped her scoring average by more than seven shots from her freshman to sophomore seasons, and was second on the team with an 83.6 scoring mark last year.  Nolan won the first individual title of any Crusader, posting a triumph at the season-opening Green Bay Invitational.

The lone freshman on the roster in 2011-2012 is A.J. Selig.  A three-time Honorable Mention All-State selection, she qualified for three state championships in Wisconsin playing at Appleton West High School.  Selig looks to make immediate contributions to the Valpo roster.

The Crusaders will play in five events during the fall season, including the first ever home tournament.  The year begins Sept. 10 and 11 at the IU Fall Kickoff hosted by Indiana before the Brown and Gold host their first tournament ever at the Course at Aberdeen Sept. 19-20.  Back-to-back trips to Indianapolis for the Tennessee State Classic and the Butler Fall Invitational take Valpo into early October before the Crusaders wrap up the fall at the Dayton Invitational. 

With a new coach a talented group of returnees, and a freshman looking to make an immediate impact, Valparaiso looks for an exciting fall on the links.

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Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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