Valpo Opens Fall Season with 6-1 Win over Goshen
Katie Bilyeu earned wins in both singles and doubles on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Bilyeu earned wins in both singles and doubles on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Valparaiso opened its 2010 fall season on Wednesday afternoon with a 6-1 victory over Goshen at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

The Crusaders jumped on top early, sweeping all three doubles matches.  Jackie O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./DePere H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) started the victory parade at the top of the order with an 8-5 win over Allison Hawkins and Rachel Lanctot.  Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Shea Hennessy (Palos Park, Ill./Marist H.S.) clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 triumph over Nikita Zook and Chelsea Wampler at the third spot.  Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) and Kristin Zakiewicz (Crystal Lake, Ill./Northridge [Ind.]) H.S.) completed the doubles sweep at number two with an 8-6 win over Alyssa Dewing and Laura Krabill.

The Brown and Gold continued the strong play into singles.  York earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Wampler at number five singles while Bilyeu posted a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at the sixth spot against Lauren Stoltzfus to put Valpo within one point of clinching the match.  Zakiewicz, a freshman making her collegiate debut, secured the win with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Krabill at the fourth spot in the lineup.    Jackie O’Reilly, the lone senior on the team, added a 6-0, 6-2 win at number three against Hawkins.  Hennessy, another freshman in the lineup, added a 6-2, 6-1 win at the second spot for the Crusaders.  Goshen’s lone point came in the final match of the day as Lanctot rallied from a set down to defeat Brittany O’Reilly 2-6, 6-4, 14-12 in a third set tie-break.

“I am quite happy to open the season with a win,” head coach Traci Young said.  “Our freshmen played really well today winning in both singles and doubles in their first college match.”

Valparaiso will return to the courts September 17-18 in River Forest, Ill. for the River Forest Tournament.