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Valpo Loses Heartbreaker at Rose-Hulman
Jackie O'Reilly won at fifth singles on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jackie O'Reilly won at fifth singles on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Valparaiso University’s women’s tennis team’s bid for their first victory of the fall season fell just short on Friday evening as the Crusaders dropped a 5-4 decision to Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind.

“It was a great match,” head coach Traci Young said afterwards.  “We almost had it.  It’s only September and I already see a lot of potential in this team as well as a great deal of improvement from last year.”

Freshman Jordan Buterbaugh (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Chaparral H.S.) won her both her first collegiate doubles and singles matches on the day.  She defeated Kelsey Sackett 6-2, 6-0 at the second spot in singles while teaming with Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) for an 8-4 win over Sackett and Megan Chann at number two doubles.

Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Jackie O’Reilly (DePere, Wis./DePere H.S.) also picked up their first singles wins of the year.  York was a 6-3, 6-1 victor over Chann at the fourth spot while O’Reilly topped Klara Schroederus 7-6 (4), 6-1 at number five singles.

Rose-Hulman posted wins at the other three singles spots as well as first and third doubles to take the match though.  Sam Danesis and Melissa Montgomery downed O’Reilly and York 8-4 at number one doubles while Ellyn Noris and Schroederus defeated Stephanie Krebs (Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Falls H.S.) and Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) 8-5 at the third spot.

Danesis topped Brittany O’Reilly 6-0, 6-1 at the top of the singles order while Montgomery was a 6-4, 6-4 winner against Bilyeu at the third spot.  Norris downed Krebs 6-0, 6-0 at sixth singles.

Valparaiso will return to the courts on Wednesday afternoon when the Crusaders host Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) at 4 p.m.  This is the lone fall home match for the Brown and Gold at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

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