Kooyers Named Mid-Con Player of the Year, Venegas and Wagner also Garner Conference Awards
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Valparaiso University's Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year while teammates Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) and Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) each were named to All Mid-Con Teams as well when the league announced its year-end awards on Wednesday.

Kooyers becomes just the third Crusader in history to be named the league's Player of the Year, joining Rustam Urmeev in 1998 and Nate Buckert in 2002 in receiving the prestigious honor. This is the third straight season the junior has earned All-Conference honors and the second straight year he has been named to the Mid-Con's First Team. Kooyers led Valpo with 20 singles wins on the season at the top spot, including a perfect 6-0 mark in Mid-Con play at first singles.

Venegas joins the Mid-Con First Team for the first time in his career after earning Second Team accolades last season. The junior won 14 singles contests on the year at the second spot, posting a 4-2 mark in league play. He teamed with Kooyers for a perfect 4-0 record at first singles as well.

Wagner was named to the Mid-Con Second Team, marking the first time he has earned league honors. The sophomore occupied the third spot in the Crusader line-up throughout most of the season, totaling 15 total singles wins as well as recording a 4-2 league mark.

The trio helped guide Valpo to a 5-1 mark in the Mid-Con as well as a second place finish. The Crusaders finished the season 11-10 overall.