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Women’s Tennis Downs Kalamazoo for Second Straight Win
Megan Barthels won at both number one singles and doubles on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Megan Barthels won at both number one singles and doubles on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valparaiso opened the home portion of its tennis schedule on Saturday morning with a 7-0 shutout of Kalamazoo for the Crusaders’ second straight victory in a match played at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet Club in Flossmoor, Ill.

Valpo started strong, winning two of the three doubles contests for the day’s first point.  Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Central Catholic H.S.) and Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) posted an 8-2 triumph over Olivia Bouchard and Kelsey Moran at the top of the lineup while Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) secured the point with their 8-1 triumph over Cheryl Zhang and Jenna Riehl at the second spot.  Kalamazoo (0-4) won its only match of the day at third doubles as Paula Silverman and Caroline Foura topped Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) and Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.) 8-6 at third  doubles.

The Crusaders continued their solid play, sweeping all six singles matches in straight sets.  Bartels posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Silverman at number one singles Hamel added a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Moran at the second spot while Fredlake won by the same score against Bouchard at number four.  York notched a 6-4, 6-2 win over Riehl at the third spot and Zakiewicz added a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Foura at number five.  Lauren Kammerer (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) rounded out the lineup with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) at sixth singles.

Valparaiso (2-1) will return to Homewood-Flossmoor on Sunday afternoon to h ost Bradley.  First serve is slated for 3:30 p.m.