Valparaiso wrapped up its three-match road trip on Friday afternoon with a 6-1 Horizon League loss to Detroit at the Titan Tennis Complex in Detroit, Mich.
The Titans opened the match sweeping all three doubles contests to take the day’s first point. Amanda Cornwell and Elena Strakhova posted an 8-3 victory over Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) and Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) at the top of the lineup. Chloe Karoub and Raina Halabi added an 8-1 triumph over Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) at the second spot while Alyssa Korson and Julia Fernandes added an 8-5 win over Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.) and Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) at third doubles.
Valpo picked up a singles victory from Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) at number six singles for the Crusaders’ lone point of the match. The junior defeated Korson 6-0, 6-0 for her team-leading fifth win of the season.
Detroit (5-10, 2-3 Horizon) won each of the other five matches in straight sets, although two sets went to tie-breaks. Halabi defeated Bartels 7-6 (2), 6-4 at number one while Karoub topped Hamel 6-1, 6-2 at the second spot. At third singles, Strakhova was a 6-0, 6-1 winner against York while Cornwell won by the same score at number four against Fredlake. Fernandes added a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Zakiewicz at fifth singles.
Valparaiso (4-10, 0-5) will return home to the Valpo Tennis Complex on Monday morning to host South Dakota. First serve is slated for 11 a.m.