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Crusader Women Suffer 6-3 Setback to Saint Joseph's
Katie Bilyeu posted a straight sets win at number five singles. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Bilyeu posted a straight sets win at number five singles. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) won in both single sand doubles for Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon, but Valparaiso fell to Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) 6-3 in Rensselaer, Ind.

York teamed with Jackie O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./DePere H.S.) for an 8-5 victory over Natalie Burgeson and  Emily Thieme at number two doubles, giving the Crusaders an early point as the teams played the nine-point scoring system.

Saint Joseph’s (6-0) led 2-1 after doubles though as the Pumas won at the other two positions.  Cynthia Kegley and Katee Sanderson topped Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) 8-4 at the top spot while Katie Guernsey and Debra Easton-Bates downed Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) and Aubree Zdanovec (Appleton, Wis./East H.S.) 9-7 at the  third spot.

When play moved to singles action, York earned another victory, as did Bilyeu, for the Crusaders.  York posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Thieme at number four singles while Bilyeu downed Burgeson 6-4, 6-2 five singles.

The Pumas won the other four singles spots in straight sets though.  Sanderson was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Brittany O’Reilly while Kegley defeated Jackie O’Reilly by the same score at one and two singles respectively.  Easton-Bates was a 6-2, 6-4 victor over Zakiewicz while Guernsey topped Zdanovec 6-3, 6-2 at the sixth spot.

Valparaiso (0-3) will return to action on Friday afternoon in Peoria, Ill. as the Crusaders face Bradley.  First serve is set for 1 p.m.