Sophomore Kat Hebble persevered for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-7 victory at No. 1 singles over Ball State's Carmen Blanco, but the Cardinals downed the Crusaders, 6-1, at the Muncie YMCA. Hebble advanced to 7-6 in singles play following her three-set triumph.
The Valpo women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 contest to Bradley on Saturday at the Clubs at River City in Peoria, Illinois. Freshman Randi Wind took Malini Wijesinghe to three sets at No. 5 singles, but ultimately fell 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
A young Valpo women's tennis team suffered a 7-0 setback to Western Michigan Saturday evening at the West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Crusaders will have two weeks off to prepare for their next match at Bradley University on Saturday, Jan. 30th.
The Horizon League released its men's and women's tennis preseason tennis polls Friday. The men were selected first, alongside the defending-champion Green Bay Phoenix, while the women were slotted at ninth.
Tammy Cecchini's first signee as head women's tennis coach is two-star recruit Jordan Kopfer of Eagan, Minnesota. Kopfer is ranked 7th in Minnesota and 17th in the Plains region. In the classroom, Kopfer possesses a 4.0 grade point average and plans to study pre-med.
The 2016 spring tennis schedule is out. Three different ranked opponents grace the men's slate while the women's team will head to Puerto Rico to face a trio of East Coast opponents over spring break. The 2016 Horizon League Championships are scheduled for April 29th-May 1st in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced a pair of staffing changes within the athletic department Wednesday. Traci Young will take over as associate director of athletics for student services while Tammy Cecchini has been promoted to women's tennis head coach.
Sophomore Kathleen Hebble rebounded from a first-round defeat to claim the consolation title in the Heidi Vizgaitis Flight of the Bronco Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday. Junior Paige Heuer also collected a third place finish in the Sue Weigand Flight.