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Women's Tennis Drops Home Opener Against Western Michigan

Saturday, January 18, 2014

After their match at Ball State on Friday, the Crusader women’s tennis team returned home Saturday for an evening match-up against Western Michigan. Despite a solid effort from the Crusaders, the Broncos were able to defeat the Crusaders in a 7-0 decision.

In No.1 doubles, Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge) and partner Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) took one match in a 6-1 loss to Western Michigan’s Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Sujashvili. Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) were able to take two matches in No.2 doubles, but would go onto lose in a 6-2 decision. Angelina Goheen Aurora, Ill./Rosary) and Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s) were unable to take a match from their Bronco opponents in No.3 doubles, as Western Michigan would sweep doubles play.

No.3 and No.6 singles players, Heuer and Paras, would both lose their matches 6-0, 6-0. In No.4 singles, Barthels would drop the first set 6-0, and the second 6-2. Fredlake would also fall in No.5 singles 6-1, 6-0. In No.1 singles, Hamel was able to take two games in the first set, and three in the second, but would go on to lose the matches by scores of 6-2, 6-3. The Bronco’s Meika Ashby was able to defeat Zakiewicz in No.2 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

The Crusader women will continue their two-match home-stand on Friday, January 25th, as Valparaiso welcomes South Dakota to the Courts of NWI. The match is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT.

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