Valparaiso ended the road portion of the 2009 regular season on Friday afternoon dropping a 7-0 match to UIC at Flames Courts in Chicago, Ill.
UIC (11-6, 6-0 Horizon) took control early winning all three doubles matches. Mariya Kovaleva and Kristen McPhillips defeated Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) and Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) 8-0 at the number one spot while Elena Antakova and Ilinca Cristescu topped Julie Wingstrom (Dallas Lake, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) 8-1 at two. Amy Jellish and Jenna Reisch downed Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) 8-2 at the bottom of the order.
In singles play, the Flames surrendered just eight games total in completing the shutout. Kovaleva defeated Sajevic 6-1, 6-1 at the top of the lineup while Cristescu downed Keifer 6-2, 6-1 at the second spot. Reisch also defeated Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) by the same score at sixth singles. Antakova was a 6-0, 6-0 victor over Bilyeu at third singles while Jellish did the same against York at five. Schwartz trailed 5-0 in the first set against McPhillips when she was forced to retire due to injury.
“UIC was a really tough opponent for us today,” head coach Traci Young said. “We just need to regroup for Sunday.”
Valparaiso (1-19, 0-7) will wrap up the regular season on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders host Detroit at the Valpo Tennis Complex. First serve is set for noon.