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Women's Tennis Tops Saint Joseph's For First Fall Win
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Valparaiso earned its first victory on the fall season Tuesday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex, defeating Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) 6-1.
The Crusaders came out strong, winning five of the six singles matches to start the day. Playing singles for the first time this fall, Julie Wingstrom (Dallas Lake, Ind./Westview H.S.) cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jessica Portney at sixth singles. Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) made it 2-0 Valpo moments later as she blanked Jordan Orner 6-0, 6-0 at the top of the lineup.
Freshman Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) pulled the Brown and Gold within one point of victory as she collected her first collegiate win 6-3, 6-1 against Angela Burgeson at the fourth spot. The Pumas cut the lead to 3-1 as Amisha Gohil topped Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) 6-1, 7-5 at number two singles, but Valpo won the remaining to matches to secure the victory.
Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) notched a 6-4, 6-3 win over Samantha Busch at fifth singles and Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South H.S.) came from behind for her first college victory, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 over Jessica Conlin.
“I thought we came out and worked hard in singles,” head coach Jay Adams said. “I was especially impressed by the way Katie battled back from a set down.”
With the match decided, the Crusaders added the final point in doubles play. Bilyeu and York teamed for an 8-3 victory over Erica Bengal and Orner at second doubles while Sajevic and Wingstrom earned an 8-4 win over Busch and Gohil. Jackie O’Reilly (DePere, Wis./DePere H.S.) completed the doubles sweet with their 8-4 triumph over Burgeson and Emily Thieme. Keifer and
Valparaiso will wrap up the fall portion of its schedule October 4-5 at the Mastodon Invitational hosted by IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind.