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Valpo Falls at UIC in Road Finale
Kim Sajevic played one singles and doubles. (Ray Acevedo)
Kim Sajevic played one singles and doubles. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Valparaiso ended the road portion of the 2009 regular season on Friday afternoon dropping a 7-0 match to UIC at Flames Courts in Chicago, Ill.

UIC (11-6, 6-0 Horizon) took control early winning all three doubles matches.  Mariya Kovaleva and Kristen McPhillips defeated Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) and Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) 8-0 at the number one spot while Elena Antakova and Ilinca Cristescu topped Julie Wingstrom (Dallas Lake, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) 8-1 at two.  Amy Jellish and Jenna Reisch downed Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) 8-2 at the bottom of the order.

In singles play, the Flames surrendered just eight games total in completing the shutout.  Kovaleva defeated Sajevic 6-1, 6-1 at the top of the lineup while Cristescu downed Keifer 6-2, 6-1 at the second spot.  Reisch also defeated Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) by the same score at sixth singles.  Antakova was a 6-0, 6-0 victor over Bilyeu at third singles while Jellish did the same against York at five.  Schwartz trailed 5-0 in the first set against McPhillips when she was forced to retire due to injury.

“UIC was a really tough opponent for us today,” head coach Traci Young said.  “We just need to regroup for Sunday.”

Valparaiso (1-19, 0-7) will wrap up the regular season on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders host Detroit at the Valpo Tennis Complex.  First serve is set for noon.

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