Sports Digest: VU volleyball team defeats Wright State

2013-10-19T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:15:30Z Sports Digest: VU volleyball team defeats Wright State
October 19, 2013 9:15 pm

Women's volleyball

VU DEFEATS WRIGHT STATE: Morgan Beil and Sarah Dooms each notched eight kills to lead Valparaiso to a 25-16, 25-18, 25-22 win over Wright State.

The Crusaders (18-4, 6-1) also got 13 digs from Morganne Longoria and 15 assists from Ariel Cudney.


Women's soccer

VU BLANKS YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Rita Craven and Robin Wenzel each notched one goal to lead Valparaiso to a 2-0 win over Youngstown State.

Valpo's defense was strong all day, as Kristen Manski had to make just four saves.


College baseball

PUC DROPS DOUBLEHEADER TO ONU: Purdue Calumet's baseball team took the field for the first time in 40 years Saturday, dropping a 5-3 decision to Olivet Nazarene in the first game of a doubleheader.

Cole Garcia led the Peregrines with three hits in the first game.

Olivet pounded out 12 runs in a three-inning stretch to take the second game 13-7. Zac Miller took the loss, giving up four earned runs in three innings.


Pro hockey

BICKELL KEYS HAWKS' WIN OVER TORONTO: Bryan Bickell sparked Chicago's big second period with his first goal of the season, helping the Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Saturday night.

Brandon Pirri added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have won four of five. Michael Kostka scored his first career goal against his former team, and Corey Crawford had 19 saves.

Toronto center Dave Bolland was kept off the scoresheet in his first game in Chicago since he was traded to his hometown Maple Leafs in June. Bolland helped the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups in the previous four seasons and received a warm welcome from the sellout crowd.

Nazem Kadri scored his third goal for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped two in a row. Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves.


Pro soccer

MAGEE'S PK GIVES FIRE WIN OVER TORONTO: Mike Magee scored on a penalty kick in the 64th minute, and Chicago held on for its third straight win, a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night that moved the Fire into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago (14-12-7) and Montreal each have 49 points with one match remaining. New England and Houston, tied for fifth, each have 48 points, New England with one match left, Houston with two. The top five teams in each conference make the playoffs.

The score was Magee's 20th of the season, tying him for the MLS lead with Montreal's Marco Di Vaio.


Pro baseball

RED SOX ADVANCE TO WORLD SERIES: The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.

Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the AL championship series in six games and setting up a World Series rematch with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox will host Game 1 on Wednesday night against the team they swept in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought. The Cardinals won the NL pennant on Friday night by eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

With 21-game winner Max Scherzer on the mound, Detroit took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning and held it until Boston loaded the bases on a double, a walk and an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias. Victorino lofted an 0-2 pitch from Jose Veras over the Green Monster.


Auto racing

TALLADEGA QUALIFYING RAINED OUT; ALMIROLA ON POLE: Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway was rained out Saturday.

The 43-car field for today's race was set based on speeds from the first practice session on the 2.66-mile trioval. That means Aric Almirola will start from the pole, with Jeff Burton claiming the outside spot on the front row. Almirola's teammate, Marcus Ambrose, gets the third spot.

Series leader Matt Kenseth will start from the 12th spot. His closest challenger, Jimmie Johnson, is in the 11th position.

Officials attempted to dry the track, but the rain continued through midday. With a truck race scheduled for Saturday afternoon and no lights at Talladega, NASCAR ran out of time to get in the qualifying session.


Pro football

FORMER OILERS COACH BUM PHILLIPS DIES AT 90: Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and later led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.

Phillips took over as coach of the Oilers in 1975 and led Houston to two AFC Championship games before he was fired in 1980. He was responsible for drafting Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, the player who was largely credited with the success of the franchise.


Around the horn

David West scored 20 points, and the Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-79 on Saturday night for their first preseason victory. ... Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdieing four of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin. ... Sweden's Anna Nordqvist shot a 2-under 70 to remain tied for the lead with Australia's Katherine Hull-Kirk after the second round of the KEB HanaBank Championship. ... Bernhard Langer overcame a bad start to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Greater Hickory Classic.

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