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Valpo Wins Another Mid-Con Championship

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Thanks to another record-shattering defensive performance, the Valparaiso University volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament after downing Oral Roberts in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship Match, 30-26, 30-28, 28-30, 30-15 Sunday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The win gives Valpo three straight Mid-Con regular season and tournament championships.

After a back-and-forth first three games, the Brown and Gold got nine blocks in the decisive fourth game, winning four of their final six points via the block. Fittingly, it was a block by Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) and Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) that ended the match and sent the Valpo bench into a frenzy. Fox finished with eight blocks Sunday, and coupled with her 11 blocks Saturday set a new Mid-Con Tournament record with 19 blocks over the two matches. Four of Fox's eight blocks Sunday came in the fourth game, and the junior was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second-straight season.

Senior Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs), Valpo's all-time blocks leader and the Mid-Con's co-Defensive Player of the Year, also had a major hand in the effort, tallying nine blocks, three solo, on Sunday en route to being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Mikos had a team-high 13 kills Sunday, hitting a match best .417 after leading the team with 11 kills on Saturday.

Game one Sunday started with the Golden Eagles on fire, opening up a quick 5-1 lead before Valpo came roaring back with four straight points. The game was still even at 25 when Valpo rattled off three straight points, including a solo block by Mikos, and closed it on a Tiffany Meikle (Cottage Grove, Wis./Monona Grove) solo block, just the second of the sophomore's career. Meikle played a sensational match Sunday, putting down eight kills on 23 swings without a single attack error. Forced into a starting role with Amy Palash (Winfield, Ill./Saint Francis) sidelined, Meikle also had 15 digs and two blocks, and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The second and third games were again nip and tuck throughout, with Valpo prevailing in game two and Oral Roberts taking game three by identical 30-28 scores.

Senior Jessi Novak (Anigo, Wis./Antigo) was one of four Crusaders with double-digit kills on the afternoon, finishing with 12 along with 13 digs, her eighth double-double of the year. Moulton and Mikos had 13 kills apiece, while Fox chipped in twelve. Freshman libero Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) had a match-high 22 digs, one of five Crusaders with at least 12 digs, and senior Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) had four blocks to go with 51 assists.

During the weekend, the Brown and Gold set numerous tournament records, most notably shattering the previous mark of 28, set by Valpo last season, for team blocks in a tournament with 33. The Crusaders' 19 blocks Sunday tied for the most all-time in a four-game tourney match. Individually, seniors Mikos and Moulton, who had seven blocks Sunday, are first and second respectively in career tournament blocks. Mikos leads her teammate by 11 with 44 blocks.

Ori Zuzic led Oral Roberts with 23 kills and 17 digs, and Jackie Oliveira ad
ded 17 kills and 16 digs. Zuzic and Oliveira were both named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Fox, Meikle, Mikos, IUPUI's Casey Chrzastowski and Western Illinois' Jenna Yurs.

Before Valpo finds out where they will play in the NCAA Tournament, they will close out the regular season in Milwaukee, Wis. at the MU Battle for the Bird, November 25 and 26. They open the tournament Friday at 4:00 p.m. against Fairfield before taking on host Marquette Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced Sunday, November 27.

Sunday's box score
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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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 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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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