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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.
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 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo