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Women's Tennis Takes to the Courts Beginning This Weekend
Jackie O'Reilly is the lone Crusader senior on this year's squad. (Ray Acevedo)
Jackie O'Reilly is the lone Crusader senior on this year's squad. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, February 04, 2011

Valparaiso’s women’s tennis team takes to the court for the 2011 season with a small, but energetic group of players.  Head coach Traci Young has four returnees, along with two freshman, on the roster for this season, and saw significant improvement in the team during the fall portion of the schedule.

Young, who begins her third season at the helm of the Brown and Gold, has just one senior on the roster for 2011 as the Crusaders look to improve upon last year’s ninth place finish in the Horizon League.  

Jackie O’Reilly is the only four-year player on the Crusader roster this season.  She’s tied among those on the active roster for most wins in her Valpo career, and has worked her way up the lineup since arriving on campus.  This fall she split time between the second and third spots in the Crusader order.

Juniors Katie Bilyeu and Stephanie York both will be relied upon this spring to help as upperclassmen in the lineup.  Bilyeu rebounded this fall after a tough 2009-2010 season, and led the Brown and Gold with five singles wins.  York may be one of the top doubles players on the roster, entering the season with the most doubles wins of any player on the squad for her career.

Sophomore Brittany O’Reilly should hold down the top spot in the Valpo lineup this season after playing mainly second singles as a rookie.  She went .500 in doubles action this fall as well, playing with freshman Kristin Zakiewicz.

Zakiewicz, who got her first taste of collegiate tennis this fall, should make an immediate impact in the Crusader lineup.  A four-time All-Northern Lakes Conference selection out of high school, she won four singles matches to begin her rookie season, and played mainly in the middle of the Valpo order. 

Aubree Zdanovec joined the Crusader roster late in the fall and will make her collegiate debut this spring.  She was an All-Fox Valley Association selection and earned All-Area honors her last two seasons at Appleton East High School in Wisconsin.

The excitement of the new season begins on Feb. 5 as the Crusaders host Ball State at the Northwest Athletic Club in Michigan City.  Valpo will then take to the road through the annual spring break trip with matches at Kalamazoo, Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) and Bradley.  The Brown and Gold then heads to Puerto Rico for matches against Virginia Tech, Bryant and Connecticut over spring break.

The Crusaders will return home to open Horizon League action hosting Milwaukee on March 18, the first of five home matches after break.  Green Bay, Detroit, UIC, and Indiana Wesleyan will all pay visits to Valparaiso.  The regular season closes April 17 at Wright State, with the league’s top six teams qualifying for the Horizon League tournament in Indianapolis April 22-24.

Despite the small roster size, excitement is in the air for the Crusaders heading into 2011.  When the first serve is struck, expect Valpo to battle hard for every stroke and compete in every match until the final point.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay