`Birds Prepare For The MVC Individual Championships
Freshman Katie O'Riley
Freshman Katie O'Riley

Sept. 27, 2007


NORMAL, Ill. - After starting the season with two successful tournaments, the Redbirds head to the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships on Friday, Sept. 28. The three day event is being hosted by Creighton and features all nine Valley teams.

Last fall the Redbirds faced tougher competition at the MVC Individuals then in previous years, and concluded the tournament without any titles. Due to the more competitive matches, head coach Chris Hoover has used the past two tournaments as preparation for this specific competition.

There will be six singles tournaments and three doubles tournaments with all the universities in the Valley competing. The tournament will be the first time this season the `Birds will face many of these teams, and see the level of competition awaiting them this spring.

Senior Véronique Parke-Bédard is set to play Flight 1against Bradley's Emily Regenold. Senior Katri Miller will compete against the winner of the Bradley and Drake match for Flight 2, while sophomore Juila Zubkova will face Kari Sloboth of Drake at the third spot. Playing in Flight 4 will be senior Carolyne Parent against Leesa Caldwallader of Creighton. In the fifth spot the freshman Katie O'Riley will compete, while in Flight 6 junior Tanja Hrovatic and transfer sophomore Carmen Peters will play.

Parke-Bedard and Miller will be pairing up to compete in the Flight 1 doubles spot against Southern Illinois's Sabine Tsala and Jessica Flannery. Partnering up for Flight 2 will be Zubkova and O'Riley to face the Drake duo of Sarah Plowman and Kari Sloboth. For the last of the doubles bracket, Parent and Hrovatic have a bye into the quarterfinals of Flight 3.



Seniors Katri Miller, Carolyne Parent and Veronique Parke-Bedard have all won a title in this tournament in past years. With these experienced seniors and three promising new players on the team, the `Birds have the perfect advantage to bring home individual titles.

Hoover is excited about the competition his players face.

"Every year our goal is for our student-athletes to win an individual title of some sort and as long as we play well tomorrow I think it will happen," said Hoover.

The first match is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. each morning, with the tournament concluding on Sunday, Sept. 30.