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Chada's Three-Set Win Gives Valpo Decisive Point against IPFW

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Valparaiso rallied after dropping the doubles point to take four out of the six singles matches as the Crusaders posted a 4-3 victory over IPFW on Tuesday afternoon in the team's first match at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.

Whitney Chada (Downers Grove, Ill./North H.S.) won what proved to be the decisive match in three sets 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 over Hanna Hager at third singles. The Crusaders earned singles victories by Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.), Kate Evangelist (Glen Ellyne, Ill./Glenbard West H.S.), and Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) in addition to Chada to pull out the victory.

Evangelist earned Valpo's first point with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lisa Bartelheim at the fourth spot. Sajevic made it 2-1 Crusaders with her 6-0, 6-1 win at sixth singles against Jessica Vervynckt and Janssen put Valpo on the verge of victory with a 6-2, 6-1 win at the top spot.

IPFW's Ashley Coulson defeated Jill Dierberg (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran South H.S.) 6-1, 7-6 (4) at second singles to cut the lead to 3-2 before Chada earned her win. The Mastodons' Beth Miller then topped Charmaine Stanislaw (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 at fifth singles for the final point.

IPFW (14-9) opened the match with wins at second and third doubles to take the early lead. Janek and Miller topped Dierberg and Stanislaw 8-6 at the third spot and Hager and Bartelheim defeated Chada and Evangelist by the same score at the second spot to earn the point. Valpo earned a win by Janssen and Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) at first doubles 8-6.

Valparaiso (5-6) will head to Shreveport, La. this weekend for its first Mid-Continent Conference cluster of the year. The Crusaders will open play on Friday against Centenary in a 2 p.m. match.