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Valpo Falls to Indiana Wesleyan on Blustery Day
Kim Sajevic notched a win at number one singles. (Ray Acevedo)
Kim Sajevic notched a win at number one singles. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Valparaiso opened the outdoor portion of the home schedule on an extremely windy Wednesday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex, dropping a 6-1 match to Indiana Wesleyan.

The Wildcats opened the match winning all three doubles contests for the day’s first point.  Valpo’s Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) played the tightest match of the day at the number three spot, before falling 8-3 to  Laura Helm and Courtney Kooyers.  Indiana Wesleyan’s Eva Delk and Lisa Massey were 8-0 victors over Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) and Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) while Cailtin McGuire and Julia Hedgebeth topped Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) and Julie Wingstrom (Dallas Lake, Ind./Westview H.S.) by the same score at the second spot.

Singles play was tightly contested.  Sajevic earned a straight set victory for the Brown and Gold at the number one spot with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Julia Hedgebeth.  Indiana Wesleyan (16-0) won the other five matches, but three of them went three sets, with Valpo winning the first set in each of the contests.  Delk topped Schwartz 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 at third singles while Kooyers was a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner against York at the fifth spot.  Helm earned a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) at the bottom of the order for the other three-set win.  Massey was a 6-3, 6-4 victor against Keifer at second singles while McGuire topped Bilyeu 6-2, 6-3 at the fourth spot.

“It was great for Kim to get a win at first singles,” head coach Traci Young said.  “We had some good three set matches today as well.”

Valparaiso (1-13) will remain at home on Friday as the Crusaders host Milwaukee at the Valpo Tennis Complex.  First serve is set for 4 p.m.

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