November 12, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
.008Hitting Pct..205
123Total Attacks117
KillsKALOUS - 11
BOUZA - 10
AssistsDORE - 33
AcesDORE - 2
DigsRUIZ - 18
BlocksKALOUS - 7
Crusaders Fall in Regular Season Finale
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Crusaders Fall in Regular Season Finale
Emily Campbell moved into a tie for fourth in program history in career kills on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out the regular season Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., falling to the Panthers of Milwaukee in straight sets (25-11, 25-16, 25-23). The Crusaders had already clinched a berth into the Horizon League Championship by virtue of Friday night’s results and will head to the league tournament next weekend in Cleveland as the sixth seed.

How It Happened

  • Valpo trailed from the outset in the opening set, as Milwaukee started the match on a 9-2 run. Then, in the second set, the Crusaders led briefly early, but at 5-4, the Panthers went on an 11-2 run to take control.
  • The third set proved to be the tightest of the set, but it didn’t appear that way early, as the Panthers hit the halfway mark of the frame leading 13-6.
  • Valpo responded with a big 10-1 run to pull ahead, 16-14. Senior Lexie Bouza (Elgin, Ill./Burlington Central) had a pair of service aces and a kill during the run, while fellow senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) had two kills during the spurt as well.
  • Milwaukee answered with three straight points, however, and while the Crusaders evened the score three more times, they were never able to re-claim the outright advantage. Tied at 22-22, the Panthers scored three of the final four points of the match to close out the sweep.

Inside the Match

  • The Crusaders were limited offensively by the Panthers’ defensive performance, as Milwaukee totaled 13 blocks. Valpo posted just 25 kills over the three sets against 24 attack errors.
  • Campbell led the Crusaders on Saturday with nine kills. With her final kill of the match, Campbell tallied her 1,404th career kill – moving her into a tie with Cheri Hughes for fourth-most in Valpo history.
  • Bouza tallied a team-high 10 assists to go with seven digs and three aces.
  • Senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) racked up 24 digs in Saturday’s three sets and now has 649 digs on the year – just 26 shy of sixth-most in a single season in program history.
  • Sophomore Sydney Bronner (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth) led the Crusaders on Saturday with five blocks.

Next Up

The Crusaders (15-18, 6-10 Horizon) will head to Cleveland next weekend as the sixth seed for the Horizon League Championship and will face third-seeded Northern Kentucky in first-round action on Friday.