Northern Illinois Tops Valpo in Non-Conference Action
Stephanie York picked up Valpo's lone win on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Stephanie York picked up Valpo's lone win on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Valparaiso stepped out of Horizon League action on Friday afternoon, losing a 6-1 decision to Northern Illinois at the NIU West Tennis Courts in DeKalb, Ill.

The Huskies opened the match winning all three doubles contests by 8-1 scores.  Sara McLaughlin and Emily Rogers topped Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) and Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) at the top of the lineup while Arantza De La Torre and Nelle Youel defeated Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) at the second spot.  At third doubles, Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald defeated Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) and Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.).

Valpo tied the match at one as York defeated Rogers at third singles when Rogers retired leading 4-3 in the opening set.  Northern Illinois (8-7) won the other five matches in straight sets.  McLaughlin downed Barthels 6-1, 6-0 at number one while Youel was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Hamel at number two.  De La Torre was a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Fredlake at four while Mary Malkin defeated Zakiewicz 6-0, 6-1 at the fifth spot.  McDonald topped Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) by the same 6-0, 6-1 score at number six singles.

Valparaiso (4-8) will return to the courts on Sunday afternoon, battling Green Bay.  First serve is slated for 2 p.m. in Wisconsin.