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Ball State Spoils Valpo's Season Opener
Katie Bilyeu teamed with Kristin Zakiewicz at the top of the Valpo doubles lineup. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Bilyeu teamed with Kristin Zakiewicz at the top of the Valpo doubles lineup. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Valparaiso opened the 2011 spring season on Saturday afternoon but ran into a tough Ball State squad, falling to the Cardinals 7-0 at the Northwest Athletic Club in Michigan City, Ind.

The Crusaders battled during doubles play, but were not able to come up with a win as Ball State (2-2) took the day’s first point.  Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) played Sarah Hebble and Georgina Thomson tough at the top spot before falling 8-4.  Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Jackie O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./DePere H.S.) fell 8-2 at number two doubles against Kylee Johnson and Kristel Sanders.  Hayley Hall and Paola Rodriguez concluded with an 8-1 win at the third spot over Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) and Aubree Zdanovec (Appleton, Wis./East H.S.).

The Cardinals surrendered just two games total in singles play, winning all six spots in straight sets.  Jackie O’Reilly took a game from Hebble at the second spot falling 6-0, 6-1 while York dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Johnson at number four.  The other four matches were won by Ball State 6-0, 6-0 as Thomson topped Brittany O’Reilly at the top, Hall downed Zakiewicz at three, Sanders topped Bilyeu at five, and Rodriguez spoiled Zdanovec’s collegiate debut at sixth singles.

Valparaiso (0-1) returns to action next Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Michigan to face Kalamazoo.  First serve is set for 9 a.m. CST.