The Valpo women's tennis team dropped the first match of its road trip, 7-0, to Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at the Paramount Tennis Club.
The Vikings were awarded the doubles point after wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles.
Alexsandra Golawska/Jana Schober downed Cary Milanes (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) 6-0 at No. 2 before Princess Gbadamosi and Mathilde Orange locked down the point at No. 3 with a 6-0 victory against Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central)/Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph's).
Orange commenced singles play with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) at No. 1. No. 5 singles action saw Gbadamosi defeat Barthels, 6-1, 6-1.
Cleveland State secured the match at No. 6 by virtue of Schober's 6-0, 6-2 triumph against Fredlake.
Milanes fell 6-4, 6-0 to Victoria Bensimon at No. 3. Ellen Folkers followed with a 6-2, 6-4 dismissal of Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind./Silver Creek) at No. 2.
Heuer took Golawska to three sets at No. 4, but Golawska escaped with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win.
The Crusaders (3-16, 1-6 Horizon) will carry on to Youngstown where they'll face the Penguins on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CT in the regular season finale.