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Valpo Women Fall in Opener of Homestand
Jackie O'Reilly won her second straight singles match on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jackie O'Reilly won her second straight singles match on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, April 02, 2010

Valparaiso’s women’s tennis team dropped the first of its four-match homestand on Friday afternoon, suffering a 6-1 setback against Youngstown State at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

Jackie O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./DePere H.S.) continued her winning ways of late, earning her team-leading fifth singles win while also teaming for her second straight doubles victory.  O’Reilly rallied at number five singles for a 3-6, 7-5, 10-1 win against Nicole Haralambopoulos.  She also teamed with Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) for an 8-2 victory over Lauren Hankle and Hannah Patten, the duo’s third win as a team.

“Jackie is really playing well right now,” head coach Traci Young said.  “She has won two in a row both in singles and doubles.”

Youngstown State (5-9, 3-1 Horizon) won the other two doubles contests though for the day’s first point.  Haralambopoulos and Margarita Sadovnikova defeated Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) and Camill Burden (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) for an 8-2 win at the top spot while Anna Volkova and Tanisha Welch teamed for a win at number two against Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Abby Wright (Sarasota, Fla./Pendleton H.S.) by the same score.

In singles action, Sadovnikova defeated Wright 6-3, 6-4 at the top of the lineup while Hankle topped Brittany O’Reilly 6-1, 6-3 at number two.  Volkova was a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Bilyeu and Welch downed York 6-2, 6-1 at third and fourth singles respectively.  Patten defeated Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) 6-1, 7-5 to round out the lineup.

“We played a pretty good match,” Young concluded.  “We now have to be ready to go tomorrow.”

Valparaiso (0-9, 0-4) will return to action on Saturday afternoon, hosting Cleveland State.  First serve is set for 1 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.