HIGHLAND — It’s fair to characterize Valparaiso’s season as “up and down,” junior Janci Courtaney said.

The Vikings have two three-game win streaks and won five of the last six games, but also finished the regular season with a few more losses (four) than they’d like. But things are coming together at the right time.

Times No. 6 Valparaiso shut out No. 8 Highland 3-0 in the final regular-season tune-up for both sides Thursday.

“I think we’ve increased our ability a lot,” Courtaney said. “Our passes have a lot more quality. We’re definitely on our way to our best. I think we’re still working out some things but I think we’re really stepping up.”

The junior tallied a goal in the second half and had an assist in the first.

“I think the girls are finding a really nice chemistry and combination with each other,” Vikings coach Rob Cespedes said. “They’re feeling more and more confident with how each other play and where they can count on each other, so it’s making them able to make more effective passes and at a lot quicker of a pace.”

That pace allows a very fast Valparaiso team to do utilize its strengths.

“If we have this speed, then darn it, why don’t we take advantage of it?” Cespedes said. “If we can move that ball quicker throughout the field, and use the speed that we have, it can generate more on the offensive end.”