Valparaiso University, the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament champions, had five tennis players recognized for their efforts by being named to either the First or Second Teams as the year end awards were handed out, while head coach Tim Maluga was named Coach of the Year for the third straight year.
Valparaiso University's Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week for the third time this season and seventh time in her three-year career after helping guide the Crusaders to the Mid-Con Tournament title and a second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Valparaiso University's women's tennis team invites the public to join the Crusaders on Wednesday evening as the team watches the NCAA Tournament selection announcements at BuffaLouies located at 3300 North Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso.
Valparaiso is set for a repeat trip to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships after defeating IUPUI 4-1 Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex to win the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship.
Valparaiso University will host the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference Women's Tennis Championships this Friday and Saturday at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex. The three-time regular season and defending tournament champion Crusaders will serve as the tournament's top seed and face Southern Utah on Friday morning at 10 a.m. in the semifinals.
Valparaiso did not drop a set in two matches on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders clinched their third straight Mid-Continent Conference regular season title defeating UMKC 5-0 and Chicago State 7-0 in Chicago, Ill.
Led by the strength at the bottom of the lineup, Valparaiso continued its dominance in the Mid-Continent Conference on Friday morning recording its 27th consecutive regular season league victory after the Crusaders defeated IUPUI 5-2 in Chicago, Ill.
Valparaiso capped off a 4-0 start in Mid-Continent Conference play on Sunday morning to remain in sole possession of first place in the league standings with a 6-1 victory over Oakland in Shreveport, La.
Valparaiso extended its Mid-Continent Conference regular season winning streak to 25 straight matches on Saturday as the Crusaders won a pair of contests. Valpo defeated Oral Roberts 4-1 in the morning and Western Illinois 4-0 in the afternoon on day two of the Mid-Con cluster in Shreveport, La.
Valparaiso rallied after dropping the doubles point to take four out of the six singles matches as the Crusaders posted a 4-3 victory over IPFW on Tuesday afternoon in the team's first match at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) posted a victory at number one singles for Valparaiso but it was the only point the Crusaders could earn on Saturday as the Brown and Gold dropped a 6-1 decision to Illinois State in Bloomington, Ill.
Whitney Chada (Downers Grove, Ill./North H.S.) and Kate Evangelist (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West H.S.) recorded the only victory of the afternoon for Valparaiso on Tuesday as the Crusaders dropped a 7-0 decision to Idaho State in Las Vegas, Nev.
Kate Evangelist (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West H.S.) rallied from a set down to post a 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 victory over Bradley's Teri Chan at the third singles spot to help Valparaiso come from behind to defeat the Braves 4-3 on Friday evening at Matchpoint Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind.
Valparaiso University's Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a season-opening victory over the University of Chicago on Saturday.
Coming off of back-to-back Mid-Continent Conference regular season championships as well as their first Mid-Con Tournament title and trip to the NCAA Tournament, expectations are high for the Valparaiso Crusaders as the women's tennis team readies itself for the 2006 spring season.
Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) ran into a tough qualifying draw at the ITA Midwest Championships on Thursday morning in East Lansing, Mich., dropping a pair of matches to Big Ten opponents.
Valparaiso University's Jill Dierberg (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran South H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week after posting a 6-2 combined record last weekend at the Windy City Invitational hosted by Chicago State.
Jill Dierberg (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran South H.S.) won the consolation draw of the B Flight on Sunday morning and teamed with Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) to win a pair of doubles matches as the Crusaders wrapped up play at the Windy City Invitational.
The doubles duo of Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) and Jill Dierberg (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran South H.S.) posted a first round victory on Friday afternoon at the Windy City Invitational held in Chicago, Ill.
Valparaiso University's Charmaine Stanislaw (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) has been named the first Mid-Continent Conference Tennis Player of the Week on the season after her fourth singles championship at the DePauw Invitational over the weekend.