Valpo Defeated by UIC in Final Road Match
Katie Bilyeu fell 6-1, 6-2 at the third spot. (Ray Acevedo)

Valpo Defeated by UIC in Final Road Match
Saturday, April 10, 2010

Valparaiso’s women’s tennis team took to the road for the final time in 2010 on Saturday, dropping a 7-0 decision against UIC at UIC Outdoor Courts in Chicago, Ill.

UIC (16-3, 6-0 Horizon) opened sweeping all three doubles contests for the day’s first point.  Mariya Kovaleva and Kristen McPhillips defeated Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) and Abby Wright (Sarasota, Fla./Pendleton H.S.) 8-1 at the top spot while Elena Antakova and Ilinca Cristescu downed Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Camill Burden (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) by the same score at number two doubles.  At third doubles, Amy Jellish and Jenna Reisch topped Jackie O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./DePere H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) 8-4.

Singles play saw the Flames win all six matches in straight sets.  Kovaleva defeated Wright at the top spot 6-3, 6-0 while Cristescu was a 6-1, 6-1 winner against Brittany O’Reilly at number two singles.  At three, McPhillips defeated Bilyeu 6-1, 6-2 while Antakova was a 6-0, 6-2 winner against York at the fourth spot.  Jellish downed Jackie O’Reilly 6-0, 6-1 at number five while Zlatka Petrova was a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) to round out the lineup.

Valparaiso (0-13, 0-6) will begin its season-ending homestand next Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Wright State in a 1 p.m. match at the Valpo Tennis Complex.