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Valpo Takes Five of Six Singles Matches to Down IPFW
Sunday, February 18, 2007Valparaiso rallied after dropping the doubles point to win five out of the six singles matches and post a 5-2 victory over IPFW on Sunday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Mastodons took doubles winning the deciding match in a tie-break. Valpo won the first doubles match 8-6 at the second spot as Whitney Chada (Downers Grove, Ill./North H.S.) and Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) defeated Sachi Janek and Alexa Rang. IPFW (5-8) won at third doubles by the score of 8-5, setting up the decisive first doubles contest. The Mastodons' Ashley Coulson and Stacy Lish needed a tie-break, but in the end downed Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) and Kate Evangelist (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West H.S.) 9-8 (8).
Valpo took control in singles though, winning four matches in straight sets. Janssen started off with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the top of the order while Evangelist followed with a 6-0, 7-5 victory at number two singles. Sajevic needed three sets but rallied for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 victory at the third spot and Schwartz clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 fifth singles win. After IPFW won at fourth singles, Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) registered a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the sixth spot to close out the contest.
Valparaiso (4-2) has won back-to-back matches and will return to action on Saturday as the Crusaders head to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a 5 p.m. CST match with Western Michigan.