Women's Tennis Opens Season at Sycamore Invitational
Monday, September 16, 2002
The Valparaiso women's tennis team opened its season on Saturday and Sunday at the Sycamore Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. competing in a flighted tournament without team scores.

The young Crusaders squad struggled in the event, but recorded several victories. Christina Scala (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South H.S.) won her second singles match in flight two with a 3-6, 7-5, (12-10) win over Laurel Clements of Butler.

In the third flight of singles, Patricia Arakaki (Campo Grande, Brazil/LaPorte H.S., Ind.) also won her second match of the tournament 6-3, 6-1 over Sam Yun of Indiana State.

Freshman Charmane Stanislaw (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) registered a 6-0, 6-0 win on Sunday over Mandy Lasecki of Indiana State.

In doubles play, Monika Danko (Northfield, Ill./New Trier H.S.) teamed with Scala to defeat Mara Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South H.S.) and Arakaki in a match-up of teammates in flight one.

In the second flight of doubles, Jill Dierberg (St. Louis, Mo./Lutheran South H.S.) and Stanislaw registered one victory, 8-3.

Valpo will return to the courts on Sept. 27 when the Crusaders travel to Detroit for a 2:30 p.m. CDT match with the Titans.