Valpo Women Fall 5-2 in Season Opener at Edwardsville
Katie Bilyeu rallied to win at fifth singles in the season opener. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Bilyeu rallied to win at fifth singles in the season opener. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Despite getting a pair of singles victories on Saturday afternoon, the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in the season opener held at the YMCA MeyerCenter in Edwardsville, Ill.


Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) won her match in straight sets for the Brown and Gold, defeating Maggie Boeckman 6-3, 6-4 at the top spot in the lineup.  Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) rallied for Valpo’s other victory, posting a 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 win over Stephanie Clark at the fifth spot in the order.

“I’m really proud of the way Katie battled back today,” head coach Jay Adams said.  “She battled back from a set down and five-two down in the second to win five straight games and the third set tie-break.”

SIU-Edwardsville (2-1) won the other four singles matches in straight sets.  Laura Horning defeated Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) 6-3, 6-4 at number two singles while Kelsey Laird topped Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) 6-3, 6-1 at the third spot.  Ali Wulfers defeated the Crusaders’ Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) 6-1, 6-3 at the fourth spot while Amanda Niebur downed Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) 6-3, 6-0 at the bottom of the lineup.

The Cougars opened the match sweeping the doubles point.  Boeckman and Laird defeated Schwartz and Keifer 8-6 at number one doubles while Horning and Wulfers downed Sajevic and Julie Wingstrom (Dallas Lake, Ind./Westview H.S.) 8-2 at the second sport.  Niebur and Clark completed the doubles win with an 8-4 victory over York and Bilyeu.

“There is lots to build on for us from this first match of the spring,” concluded Adams.

Valparaiso (0-1) now heads to Peoria, Ill. next Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. match against Bradley.