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Valpo Closes Spring Trip with Losses to UConn and Bryant
Katie Bilyeu and the Crusaders wrapped up the spring trip on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Bilyeu and the Crusaders wrapped up the spring trip on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Valparaiso wrapped up its spring trip in Aguadilla, P.R. on Thursday, dropping a pair of matches.  The Crusaders fell to both Connecticut and Bryant by 7-0 scores.

In the morning match against Connecticut (3-5), the Huskies opened winning the doubles point.  Kristin Zakiewicz (Crystal Lake, Ill./Northridge [Ind.] H.S.) and Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) battled at the top spot but fell 8-2 to Jennifer Learmonth and Abby McKeon.  Jackie O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./DePere H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) dropped an 8-1 match to Katie Moritz and Lucy Nutting at second doubles while Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) and Aubree Zdanovec (Appleton, Wis./East H.S.) suffered an 8-0 setback at the third spot to Marie Gargiulo and Lauren Wilmarth.

The Crusaders played solid matches against its Big East foe, but fell in straight sets at all six spots.  Learmonth downed Brittany O’Reilly 6-0,6-0 at the top while Wilmarth was  6-1, 6-3 winner against Jackie O’Reilly at the second spot.  Zakiewicz was defeated 6-2, 6-2 at number three against McKeon before Gargiulo topped York 6-2, 7-5 at number four singles.  Julia Allen topped Bilyeu 6-4, 6-3 at the fifth spot while Sarah Griffin defeated Zdanovec 6-2, 6-0 at six singles. 

Valpo had its best doubles results of the trip against Bryant (5-6), but still lost the opening point.  Zakiewicz and Bilyeu fell 8-2 to Lucy Bird and Claudia Hidalgo at number one while Brittany O’Reilly and Zdanovec fell 8-4 at third doubles against Irma Rodriguez Lockwood and Valeria Couto Cuervo.  Second doubles was stopped when rain interrupted play and was not resumed because the point was decided with Stephanie Smyers and May Vickers leading Jackie O’Reilly and York 6-3.

As play moved to singles action, the Bulldogs won each match in straight sets.  Hidalgo downed Brittany O’Reilly 6-0, 6-0 at the top while Bird defeated Jackie O’Reilly by the same score at the second spot.  Smyers was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Zakiewicz while Vickers topped York 6-1, 6-2.  Couto Cuervo beat Bilyeu 6-0, 6-1 at fifth singles while Katharine Francazio was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Zdanovec at sixth singles.

Valparaiso (0-7) will return to action next Friday, March 18 to open Horizon League play hosting Milwaukee.  First serve is set for 5 p.m. at Homewood-Flossmoor.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo