Freshman Cary Milanes did something Saturday that no other women's tennis player has ever done at Valpo under head coach Traci Young: beat a Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponent. Milanes outlasted NIU's Evelyn Youel 6-4, 6-3 at the UIC Flames Outdoor Courts.
The doubles portion of the UIC Invitational was held at Match Point Tennis Center in Griffith, Indiana on Saturday. Kaitlyn Hamel and Kathleen Hebble teamed up to defeat Northern Illinois' Cristina Alvarez/Abigail Dekkinga 8-7 (3) in the opening round.
Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer improved their doubles record to 3-0 Sunday following an 8-5 victory over Marian's Sarah and Anne Potter. Heuer also remained perfect on the singles side with a straight set win at No. 4. However, the host Knights rode five singles victories to a 7-2 triumph over the Crusaders in Indianapolis.
Crusaders defeated Aquinas College 7-2 Saturday morning before handing Davenport University a 6-3 loss in the afternoon. Megan Barthels, Paige Heuer, and Cary Milanes all went a perfect 2-0 in singles play while the doubles teams of Barthels/Heuer and Milanes/Paras went undefeated.
The men's and women's tennis teams released their fall schedules Wednesday. The men's team opens its fall slate at the Purdue Fall Invitational Sept. 19-21 while the women's team begin their fall schedule with a doubleheader versus Aquinas College and Davenport.
The Valparaiso women’s tennis team played Horizon League leader Cleveland State on Saturday morning. The match, which was the final regular season match for both teams, carried plenty of significance for the final league standings, as Cleveland State needed to win in order clinch the regular season title. The Crusaders looked to play spoiler, but the Vikings were able to prevail with a 7-0 win, ending Valparaiso’s season.
The Valparaiso women’s tennis team played its last nonleague match of the season on Monday afternoon, falling to Chicago State 7-0 at the HF Racquet and Fitness Club in Homewood, Ill. The No.3 doubles pairing of Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer won the lone contest of the match for the Crusaders.