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Valpo 8th After Round One at Loyola
Jessica O'Brien carded an 88 for Valpo on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jessica O'Brien carded an 88 for Valpo on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Led by Jessica O’Brien’s (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) lowest round of the season, Valparaiso is in eighth place after the first round of the Loyola Invitational held at Evanston Golf Club in Evanston, Ill. on Sunday.

“We played well today,” head coach Mike Higdon said.  “I’m happy that we were able to shoot the low mark of the season.  It is good momentum heading into the final few weeks.”

The Crusaders shot 374 as a team, its lowest in program history, and is just two shot behind seventh place IPFW heading into Monday’s final round at the 6,023-yard, par-73 course.  Western Illinois lead the team standings by nine shots over Butler after shooting 318.

O’Brien shot 88 in round one to pace the Brown and Gold, matching the best the freshman has shot as a collegian.  She is tied for 30th overall after shooting 40 on the back nine.

Kathleen Cooper (Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.) carded a 91 for the Crusaders while Annie Nolan (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) added a 97.  Sarah Al-Momar (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview H.S.) also shot her season’s best on Sunday, posting a 98 for Valpo.

“Even though we played well, they all know they could have played even a little bit better, which is a positive that we are heading into the right direction as a team,” Higdon added.  “Hopefully we can pick up those couple of shots to catch IPFW tomorrow.”

Individually, Butler’s Michele Nash leads the tournament after shooting a one-over par 74.

Monday’s final round will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.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
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
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.
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
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler