Crusaders Lose Heartbreaker to Green Bay
Jenny Schwartz won in three sets at third singles. (Ray Acevedo)
Jenny Schwartz won in three sets at third singles. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Valparaiso rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the match on Friday afternoon, but Green Bay won the deciding point to defeat the Crusaders 4-3 at the Courts of Northwest Indiana.

Green Bay (5-12, 2-4 Horizon) opened the match winning the doubles point as Lauryn Grimando and Emily Lawent defeated Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) and Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) 8-3 at number one doubles.  Kari Petrashek and Aschley Jurgella downed Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) by the same score at the third spot.  Second doubles was stopped because the point was decided with the Phoenix leading 6-2.

In singles, Green Bay increased its lead to 2-0 as Lawent downed Sajevic 6-2, 6-1 at the top spot.  Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) cut the Crusader deficit in half with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jurgella at the third spot.  The Phoenix retook a two point lead though as Weuve downed Bilyeu 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.

Keifer began Valpo’s comeback with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 win at second singles against Stadum, winning the third set tie-break 8-6.  Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) tied the match at three with her 6-0, 6-3 triumph against Petrashek.  Green Bay’s Grimando won the deciding match at number five singles, though, topping York 6-2, 6-1.

“We continue to play better,” head coach Traci Young said. “We have 10 individual victories since spring break.  Today we had two good three-set wins as well as Lindsey’s straight sets victory.”

Valparaiso (1-17, 0-6) will return to action on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Fort Wayne, Ind. to battle IPFW in a 2 p.m. CDT match.