Valparaiso continued play on its annual spring trip to Orlando, Fla. on Thursday afternoon, dropping a 7-0 decision to Connecticut.
The Huskies came out in doubles, surrendering just three games to the Crusaders. Jennifer Marotta and Katie Moritz opened with an 8-0 victory over Camill Burden (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) and Jackie O’Reilly (DePere, Wis./DePere H.S.) at the third spot. Allison Campitiello and BreAnn Cheung then downed Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) by the same score at number two doubles. Emily Herb and Kelley LoRusso completed the doubles sweep at the top spot with an 8-3 victory over Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) and Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.).
Connecticut (4-4) added victories at all six spots in the singles order to complete the shutout. Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) forced a tie-break for the third set at number six singles for the Crusaders against Emily Searle before falling 3-6, 6-4, 10-4. Campitiello was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Schwartz at number one while LoRusso downed Keifer 6-1, 6-1 at the second spot. Cheung topped Bilyeu 6-0, 6-1 at third singles while Moritz was a 6-1, 6-2 victor against York at number four. Herb notched a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) at fifth singles.
“We had a better effort and worked hard today,” head coach Jay Adams said afterwards. “We strung some good points together against a good team. Hopefully we can build from today’s match.”
Valparaiso (1-8) will wrap up play in Florida on Friday afternoon, traveling to Daytona Beach for a 2 p.m. CDT match against Bethune-Cookman.