Women’s Tennis Season Closes with Loss at UIC
Stephanie York capped her Valpo career on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Women’s Tennis Season Closes with Loss at UIC
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Valparaiso saw the 2011-2012 women’s tennis season come to an end on Saturday morning with a 7-0 loss to UIC at the Flames Outdoor Courts in Chicago, Ill.

UIC (15-3, 8-0 Horizon) opened the match sweeping the three doubles points.  Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) played the tightest match at the second spot, falling 8-3 against Elisa Simonetti and Teona Tsertsvadze.  Haley Craig and Mariya Kovaleva downed Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) and Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.). 8-2 at number one while Jana Knoppe and Kathryn Sharples were 8-0 victors over Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) and Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.).

In singles action the Flames surrendered just six total games in sweeping the six matches.  Kovaleva was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Bartels at one while Tsertsvadze downed Hamel 6-1, 6-1 at second singles.  Craig defeated York by the same score at the third spot while Simonetti was a 6-1, 6-0 victor over Zakiewicz at four.  Fifth singles saw Knoppe top O’Reilly 6-0, 6-0 while Sharples downed Goheen by that same score at six.

Valparaiso’s season closed with a 4-14 record overall and a 0-8 mark in Horizon League play and marked the end of York’s career as a Crusader. She is the Brown and Gold’s lone senior this season.