Behind four singles victories and two triumphs in doubles play, the Valparaiso women's tennis team handed Green Bay a 5-2 loss at the Valpo Tennis Complex on Saturday morning.
Doubles play opened with Green Bay picking up a 6-0 win at No. 1. Cary Milanes (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) helped lead a determined rally, though. The young tandem collected a 6-1 win over Lauren Miketanic/Rachael Menos at No. 2. With the doubles point hanging in the balance, Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph's) fought for a 6-2 win at No. 3 against Maria Neff and Stephanie Londre.
Green Bay's Samm Pedersen evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Barthels at No. 6. Heuer reclaimed the lead for Valpo once and for all following her 6-2, 6-4 win against Menos. Barthels drew the Brown and Gold one point closer to a victory thanks to a 6-2, 7-5 dismissal of Neff at No. 5.
Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind./Silver Creek) clinched the win for the home team at No. 2 with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Olivia Headford. Milanes supplied the fifth point for Valpo after she beat Miketinac 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.
Londre won the final match of the day. The Green Bay (1-14, 0-4 Horizon) junior defeated Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1.
Valpo (3-12, 1-3 Horizon) will return to the courts next weekend. The Crusaders will play host to Detroit on Saturday and Oakland on Sunday. First serve for Saturday's match is slated for 10:00 am at the Valpo Tennis Complex.