The sun set on the Crusader women's tennis team's 2015-16 season Sunday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Cleveland State, which had clinched a share of the Horizon League regular-season title the day prior in Chicago, defeated the Crusaders, 7-0.
Kat Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind./Silver Creek) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) were ahead 5-4 atop doubles play in their matchup against Isabella Spindler/Aleksandra Golawska. However, that match experienced a premature ending once the Vikings clinched the doubles point with 6-4 and 6-2 wins at No. 3 and 2, respectively.
Golawska supplied Cleveland State with its first victory in singles play at No. 5. She got past Erin Staal (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven), 6-2. 6-0. Jana Schober handed Morgan Paras (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) a 6-1, 6-3 setback at No. 6.
Spindler seized the match at No. 1 after a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Hebble. Princess Gbadamosi was crowned the victor over Randi Wind (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) at No. 4.
Freshman Meg Modesto (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) battled Victoria Bensimon at No. 3, but fell 6-4, 6-3. Heuer nearly forced a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2, but Mathilde Orange emerged with a 6-3, 7-5 win.
Modesto and Heuer finished in a tie for second in singles victories (7) behind Hebble (8). Hebble and Heuer racked up 12 doubles victories, all at No. 1.
Head coach Tammy Cecchini, who just completed her first spring at the helm of the Crusader women's tennis program, welcomes a pair of three-star recruits to campus next season in Jordan Kopfer (Eagan, Minn./Eastview) and the recently-signed Daosavanh Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie).
"While I'm sad the season is over, I am happy that all seven players are coming back. I'm looking forward to being more competitive next year, and even more the following year," Cecchini said.