Sophomore Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind./Silver Creek) improved to 2-1 in singles play Tuesday with a straight-set win at No. 2, but Wayne State protected its home court with an 8-1 victory in Detroit.
The Warriors got out to a 3-0 lead with a sweep in doubles play.
Meg Modesto (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and Cary Milanes (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) fell 8-1 opposite Dasha Kuznetsova/Liv Peisachovitz at No. 1.
WSU's Alex Poissant and Andreea Mitrache doubled up Hebble and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster), 8-4, at the No. 2 flight.
Freshmen Halle Roach (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) and Randi Wind (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) gave Ashley Walker and Lauren Hughes a tight match at No. 3 before the latter recorded an 8-6 victory.
Mitrache opened singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Modesto at No. 1.
Hebble's 6-3, 6-4 triumph against Poissant at No. 2 put the Crusaders on the scoreboard.
Kuznetsova defeated Milanes 6-4, 6-3 in their match at No. 4.
Heuer and Piesachovitz battled to a first-set tiebreaker. Piesachovitz edged out Heuer, 7-5, in it before taking the second and decisive set, 6-3.
Julia Kamenko provided Wayne State with its seventh point at No. 5, downing Roach, 6-0, 6-1.
Astrid Ciellza and Wind rounded out singles play at No. 6. Ciellza posted a 6-3, 6-0 win to set the final score.
The Crusaders will have a quick turnaround as they prepare for the two-day UIC Invitational this weekend in Chicago. Play begins Friday morning at the Flames Outdoor Courts.