Valpo Falls on the Road at Indiana Wesleyan
Kaitlyn Hamel won in both singles and doubles on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valpo Falls on the Road at Indiana Wesleyan
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Valparaiso opened its final road trip of the season on Tuesday afternoon, dropping a 6-3 match to Indiana Wesleyan at the Sutter Tennis Center in Marion, Ind.

Playing the NAIA nine-point scoring system, the Crusaders picked up wins at second doubles as well as third and fifth singles.

Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain  H.S.) posted an 8-6 victory over Kristen Futrell and Rachael Heiniger at number two doubles.  Indiana Wesleyan (20-2) earned wins at each of the other two spots in the lineup.

Andrea Meyering and Lauren Wilson posted a 9-8 (7) tie-break victory at first doubles against Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) and Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) while Aubrey Lohser and Diane Jones defeated Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.) and Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) 8-5 at the third spot.

Hamel also picked up a singles win, downing Wilson 6-3, 6-4 at number three while Zakiewicz rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (1), 11-9 win over Kim Mella at fifth singles. 

York fell 6-2, 6-2 against Heiniger at one while Bartels suffered a 6-0, 6-2 setback against Meyering at the second spot.  Lauren Kammerer (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) lost 6-0, 6-1 to Futrell at fourth singles while O’Reilly dropped a 6-3, 7-6 (6) match against Sarah Richert at the bottom of the order.

Valparaiso (4-15) will close out the season on Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill. facing UIC.  First serve is slated for 11 a.m.