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Valek, Erika


Valek
The Shock selected Purdue University standout Erika Valek with the 10th pick in the second round (No. 23 overall) in the 2004 WNBA Draft. They traded her draft rights that same day, along with the rights to Shereka Wright and Sheila Lambert to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for the draft rights to Chandi Jones. Phoenix waived Valek on May 15, 2004. The Connecticut Sun later signed Valek as a free agent on April 13, 2005, waiving her on May 5, 2005.



Van Andel Arena
Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Van Andel Arena was the site of two Shock preseason games - vs. the Charlotte Sting on June 4, 1998 and vs. the Los Angeles Sparks on June 4, 1999. The Shock also played a home-away-from-home regular season game there on July 21, 2006 vs. the Los Angeles Sparks a game the Shock won 73-59.


Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, established in 1873, launched its women's basketball program for the 1977-78 season. Over the years, the Commodores have made 19 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Rhonda Blades played for Vanderbilt and the Detroit Shock, and Lisa Ostrom, who was a member of the Shock's 1998 Training Camp roster, and Chevonne Hammond, who was on Detroit's 2000 Training Camp roster, also played at Vandy.


Verizon Center
The Washington Mystics home arena was originally known as MCI Center, but it changed its name to Verizon Center prior to the 2006 season. The 2007 WNBA All-Star Game is being played at Verizon Center.


Virginia, University of
Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia Cavaliers began collegiate competition in 1973-74. Since that time, the Cavaliers have advanced to 21 NCAA Tournaments and three Final Fours. Players who have donned both Virgina and Detroit Shock uniforms are Wendy Palmer-Daniel and Lesley Brown. The Shock also drafted Virginia product Svetlana Volnaya in 2001, but she did not make the team.


Volnaya, Svetlana


Volnaya
The Detroit Shock selected Volnaya out of Virginia with the 6th pick in the third round (no. 38 overall) of the 2001 WNBA Draft. The Shock waived her on May 27, 2001.







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