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Valpo Volleyball Tabbed Second in Mid-Con by League Coaches

Thursday, August 21, 2003

The Valparaiso University volleyball team has been selected to finish in second place in the Mid-Continent Conference for the 2003 season by the league's head coaches.

Head Coach Carin Avery's squad received two first place votes and finished two points behind pre-season favorite IUPUI in the balloting. Five-time regular season champion Oral Roberts was picked third, followed by UMKC and Western Illinois. Oakland was selected to finish in sixth place, while Chicago State and Centenary, the Mid-Con's newest member, rounded out the poll.

The Crusaders finished in a second place tie in the Mid-Con in 2002 with a 9-3 conference mark. Their 20-10 overall record marked the first 20-win season since 1996.

Valpo will open the regular season on August 29 with a 2:30 p.m. CDT match against Bucknell and a 9:30 p.m. CDT contest against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.

2003 Mid-Continent Conference Preseason Poll
1. IUPUI (4) - 45
2. Valparaiso (2) - 43
3. Oral Roberts (2) - 41
4. UMKC - 31
5. Western Illinois - 23
6. Oakland - 21
7. Chicago State - 12
8. Centenary - 8
(First place votes in parentheses)
W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler