Youngstown State Top Valpo on the Courts Sunday Morning
Kim Sajevic dropped a close 6-4, 6-4 decision at number one singles. (Ray Acevedo)

Youngstown State Top Valpo on the Courts Sunday Morning
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Valparaiso returned to Horizon League action on Sunday morning, but dropped a 7-0 match to YoungstownState at the Boardman Tennis Center in Boardman, Ohio.

The Penguins opened the match sweeping all three doubles contests.  Gretchen Cloern and Sarah Lynce were 8-2 victors over Molly Keifer (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) and Jenny Schwartz (Aurroa, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) at the top of the lineup.  Nicole Haralambopoulos and Lauren Hankle teamed for an 8-1 win over Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) and Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) at the second  spot while Anna Volkova and Tanisha Welch were 8-0 victors over Camill Burden (Richmond, Ind./Richhmond H.S.) and Jackie O’Reilly (DePere, Wis./DePere H.S.) at third doubles.

Youngstown State (6-9, 2-2 Horizon) won all six singles contests in straight sets.  Lynch was a 6-4, 6-4 winner at number one singles against Sajevic while Hankle downed Keifer 6-2, 7-5 at the number two spot.  Volkova defeated Schwartz 6-4, 6-1 at third singles and Welch was a 6-1, 6-0 winner against Bilyeu at the fourth spot.  Cloern downed Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) 6-4, 6-0 at fifth singles and Haralambopoulos topped Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) 6-0, 6-0 to round out the lineup.

“We played well today against a tough lineup,” head coach Traci Young said.  “We will look to continue to play well again tomorrow.”

Valparaiso (1-11, 0-2) will continue its road trip on Monday afternoon as the Crusaders face Cleveland State.  First serve against the Vikings is set for 2 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio.