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Valparaiso University Sports Update, October 10, 2016

By: Valparaiso University Last Updated: October 10, 2016

VU-Kopfer-Wind-Win-Matches-on-Final-Day-of-Bronco-InvitationalKopfer, Wind Win Matches on Final Day of Bronco Invitational
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team received victories from Jordan Kopfer and Randi Wind on the final day of competition at the Bronco Invitational in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Sunday.

How It Happened

Next Up
The final tournament of the fall season begins on Thursday, Oct. 20 as the Crusaders head to the ITA Midwest Regional, a five-day event in East Lansing, Mich.

Crusaders, Panthers Play to Draw
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team raised its unbeaten streak to five and stayed undefeated in Horizon League play by virtue of a 1-1 draw with Milwaukee on Saturday night at Brown Field. Matthew Gweh (Apple Valley, Minn.) accounted for the lone Valpo goal, helping keep the Crusaders atop the Horizon League table in the process.

How It Happened

Inside the Match

Thoughts from Head Coach Mike Avery
"We were a bit disappointed to leave a few points on the table tonight, but we also kind of got what we deserved. We weren't sharp and caused a lot of our own problems, and Milwaukee is a good team so they were able to build some momentum out of our mistakes. At the end of the day, a draw is probably a fair result.”

“The good news, though, is that the point we did earn keeps us at the top of table for at least another week. Next weekend's game in Green Bay is a big chance for us to take back some points with a road result, so we will use the Tuesday non-conference game as an opportunity to spread some minutes around and get ourselves ready for league play on Saturday. Western Michigan on Tuesday is a great challenge, and has one of the better teams on our schedule, so we will have our work cut out for us in these next few days."

Next Up
The Crusaders (6-2-3, 3-0-2) hit the road for a stretch of four straight matches away from Brown Field. The road swing begins on Tuesday as the Crusaders head to Kalamazoo, Mich. to meet Western Michigan at 3 p.m. CT. A link to live stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Crusaders Drop One-Goal Decision at Wright State
Senior April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) evened up the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team’s match at Wright State Saturday evening less than two minutes into the second half, but the Raiders scored with less than 15 minutes to play to claim a 2-1 win in a matchup of the league’s top two teams in the standings.

How It Happened

Inside the Match

Thoughts From Head Coach John Marovich
“The result is tough tonight, because we did a lot of real positive things. Unfortunately, Wright State did a few more than us to earn the result.”

“Our group did a great job of responding to the Wright State goal. We came right out of the break and got it back with some quality off our movement, creating an opportunity for April.”

“It’s great to see April back on the scoresheet, and we had several players who put in quality performances tonight – performances which should lead to continued improvement down the stretch in league action. We need to stay focused on getting as many points possible out of each match, which is what makes the Horizon League so exciting.”

Next Up
The Crusaders (7-7-0, 3-2-0 Horizon) return home to Brown Field Saturday evening, Oct. 15, to host Youngstown State. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Women’s Tennis Continues Bronco Invitational
Valparaiso University women’s tennis team continued competition in the Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday. The Crusaders notched five singles wins on the day, and had three doubles victories in consolation brackets.

How It Happened

Next Up
The Bronco Invitational will round out on Sunday in Kalamazoo, Mich. Four individuals competing in consolation finals headline the day of action for the Crusaders. Kathleen Hebble will face off with Mariya Kostyuk of Chicago State in the White Flight consolation final, while Paige Heuer will meet Oakland’s Samantha Galloway in the Black Flight consolation final. In addition, Jordan Kopfer clashes with Oakland’s Amanda Nilsson in the Brown Flight consolation final and Randi Wind meets Green Bay’s Samantha Pederson in the Silver Flight consolation final.

Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Wright State
The Valparaiso University volleyball team looked poised to earn a road win Saturday afternoon at Wright State after capturing the first two sets, but the Raiders rallied to deal the Crusaders a 3-2 defeat (23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-11).

How It Happened

Inside the Match

Next Up
The Crusaders (8-13, 1-5 Horizon) close out their four-match road trip with a midweek contest at Oakland on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. CT. The match can be seen live on ESPN3, WatchESPN and the ESPN app, with links for the live video and live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Football Falls to Drake
The Valparaiso University football team suffered its first home loss of the year on Saturday, falling to Drake 35-21. Joey Diaz-Martinez (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) had the first interception return for a touchdown of his college career, while Frank Catrine (Springboro, Ohio / Bishop Fenwick) enjoyed his most prosperous receiving performance of the season.

How It Happened

Inside the Game

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Cecchini
“Physically, they beat us up. It’s encouraging if you compare this game in terms of physicality to where we were a year ago against Drake. It’s night and day. We hung in there and fought for 60 minutes. We’re much more physical than we were a year ago, but we’re not where we need to be yet. I’m proud of the way we fought, but disappointed we didn’t win enough of those one-on-one matchups. Drake is big and physical. That’s one big reason why we aren’t winning these games.”

Next Up
The Crusaders (2-4, 1-2 PFL) hit the road next week as they head to DeLand, Fla. to clash with Stetson (3-2, 1-1 PFL). The game is scheduled to kick off at noon CT and can be heard on WVUR (95.1 FM Valparaiso). Links for the live audio and stats will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Shorthanded Crusaders Fall at Northern Kentucky
The Valparaiso University volleyball team, still playing without a number of regulars up front, fell Friday night in Horizon League play, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-18), at Northern Kentucky as it continued a four-match stretch away from home.

How It Happened

Inside the Match

Next Up
The Crusaders (8-12, 1-4 Horizon) close out weekend action Saturday afternoon at Wright State. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. CT, and the match can be seen live on ESPN3, WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Links for the live video, as well as live stats, will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Modesto, Paras Grab Singles Wins at Bronco Invite
Valparaiso University women’s tennis team competed in Day 1 of the Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday. The Crusaders enjoyed three wins on the day, two in singles and one in doubles.

How It Happened

Next Up
The Bronco Invite continues on Saturday with another full day of competition. Two Crusaders will try to remain in the championship bracket as Meg Modesto faces Western Michigan’s Meika Ashby and Morgan Paras clashes with Chicago State’s Lorea Gamboa. A number of other Valpo players will compete in consolation brackets.