Crusaders Fall to UIC in HL Opener
Crusaders Fall to UIC in HL Opener
Thursday, March 20, 2014

In their first Horizon League match of the season, the Crusaders were unable to claim a point against preseason favorite UIC. The Flames swept both the doubles and singles competitions, winning the match 7-0.

In No.1 doubles, Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) fell 8-1. Similarly, Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s) and Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary) were defeated 8-2 in No.2 doubles. With UIC in possession of the doubles point, the No.3 doubles contest was retired with UIC on top 4-3.

The Flames went on to capture the remaining six points in the singles competition, winning each match in straight sets. Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster)was unable to add to her team leading singles record, as the freshman was bested in No.3 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and Morgan Paras (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) each fell 6-0, 6-0 in No.4 and No.6 singles, while Hamel was defeated 6-1, 6-0 in No.1 singles. Zakiewicz’s No.2 singles contest ended 6-0, 6-2 in favor of UIC, and the No.4 singles contest featuring Fredlake ended in a 6-2, 6-0 defeat.

The Crusaders continue Horizon League play next weekend with a home match against Wright State on Saturday, March 29th. The match will be played at the Courts of NWI, with the start-time to be announced. Visit ValpoAthletics.com for updates regarding the match.