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Valpo Volleyball Seeks First Mid-Con Tournament Title Since 1996

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

#2 VALPARAISO (20-9, 9-3 Mid-Con) vs. #3 IUPUI Friday, Nov. 22, 5:00 p.m.
#1 ORAL ROBERTS vs. #4 UMKC Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Championship: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2:00 p.m.
(at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla.)

CRUSADERS READY FOR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Valparaiso enters the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament after securing its first 20 win season since the 1996 campaign. The Crusaders have not won a tournament title since that year.

The Brown and Gold have won 11 of its final 13 regular season matches entering the tournament and are 4-0 in neutral site contests this year.

The Crusaders are 7-5 all-time in the Mid-Con Tournament, with three titles (1994, 1995, 1996).

VU GAMES TO BE BROADCAST ON WVUR
All Mid-Continent Conference Tournament games in which Valparaiso is participating in will be broadcast on WVUR (95.1-FM). The games will also be available on the internet at www.valpo.edu/athletics. JR Radcliffe will handle the play-by-play, with Angela DeGaetano providing color commentary.

NORMAN RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME IN ASSISTS
Junior setter Cyndi Norman ranks second all-time at Valparaiso with 3,432 career helpers. Stephanie Schuricht is the Crusaders all-time assist leader with 4,991.

HYNDS FOURTH IN CAREER BLOCKS
Heather Hynds has also cracked the top-five in Valpo history for career blocks. The junior has tallied 110 this season, bringing her three year total to 349 rejections. Hynds currently ranks fourth, and needs 19 more to move into third place.

MIKOS HAS RECORD-SHATTERING NIGHT
Freshman Liz Mikos went on a blocking spree last Friday evening. Against Chicago State she tallied a school-record 14 total blocks, including ten solos (also a record), in Valpo's four-game victory.

VALPO RANKED AMONG NCAA'S LEADERS
Valparaiso was ranked fourth in the nation in digs per game with 19.68 as of Nov. 10. Individually, sophomore Sara Silcox ranked 16th in the same category with 4.44 digs per game at the time of the ranking.

ABOUT IUPUI (12-18, 9-3)
The Crusaders and Jaguars split their meetings this season, with each defending their home floor. Valpo won in five games at the ARC on Sept. 28, while IUPUI won in three straight in Indianapolis on Nov. 9. IUPUI has won four straight entering the tournament, and nine of its last 13 matches overall. Rebekah Pallikan leads the Jaguars with 4.85 kills per game and a .282 hitting percentage, while also tallying a team-leading 3.46 digs per game.

ABOUT ORAL ROBERTS (20-8, 11-1)
Valparaiso split its two meetings with the Golden Eagles. Valpo dropped a four-game match to the Golden Eagles in Tulsa on Oct. 4 before downing ORU in four games on Nov. 2 at the ARC. Oral Roberts enters the tournament having won 14 of its last 16 matches. Ivana Placko is the Golden Eagles leading hitter at a .316 rate, while Patricia Menezes is tallying 4.03 kills per game. Becky Dreher leads the team with 5.21 digs per game.

ABOUT UMKC (14-17, 5-7)
Valpo split a pair of meetings with the Kangaroos during the regular season. The Crusaders dropped a three game match on the road on Oct. 5 before rebounding for a sweep at home on Nov. 1. Sara Foster is the Kangaroos leading hitter at .255 with 3.05 kills per game. Jana Lacer leads UMKC with 4.21 digs per game.
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
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