Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) won for the second straight day and Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) also posted a singles victory but Bradley spoiled Valparaiso’s home opener defeating the Crusaders 5-2 at Matchpoint on Saturday evening.
Sajevic, who earned a second singles win against Ball State on Friday, defeated the Braves’ Jessica Buterbaugh 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday night. Her win, followed by Keifer’s 6-2, 6-4 victory at third singles against Kelly Donohue evened the match at 2-2, but Bradley won the final three contests to earn the victory.
Bradley (1-1) won all three doubles matches to begin the day. Buterbaugh and Donohue were 8-6 winners over Keifer and Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) at the top spot while Nicole Miller and Emily Regenold topped Sajevic and Julie Wingstrom (Dallas Lake, Ind./Westview H.S.) 9-7 at number two doubles. Erin Krubeck and Kim Braun notched an 8-4 win over Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) and Laura Lawson (Thorntown, Ind./Western Boone H.S.) at the bottom of the lineup.
Braun then downed Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) 6-1, 6-2 at sixth singles to put the Braves in front 2-0 before the two Crusader victories. Krubeck then topped Gustafson 6-1, 6-2 at the fourth spot and Regenold beat Schwartz 6-2, 6-4 at number one to clinch the victory. Miller also downed Wingstrom 7-5, 6-3.
“I continue to see progress with this team,” head coach Jay Adams said. “Everyone worked hard. Doubles was very close and if we had won that point I think the outcome could have been different.”
Valparaiso (0-3) now has a month off before returning to the courts on March 11 to face Connecticut in Orlando, Fla. to kick-off the spring trip.