Crusaders Conclude Day One at Ball State
Friday, October 7, 2011
Crusaders Conclude Day One at Ball State
Kristin Zakiewicz talks with Coach Young following doubles. (Ray Acevedo)

Valparaiso began play at its final tournament on the fall schedule Friday, competing at the Ball State Fall Invitational on a warm, sunny day at Cardinal Creek Courts in Muncie, Ind.

Aubree Zdanovec (Appleton, Wis./East H.S) earned her first victory of the year in round one of the eighth flight, defeating Kasi Fogle of IPFW 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in what was easily the Crusaders’ match of the day.  She fell in her semifinal match against Rachael Bridegroom of IUPUI 6-1, 6-0.

Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) fell to Brooke Dennis of IPFW 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the top flight while Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) dropped a 6-2, 6-3 match in the same round of flight number two against Kristel Sanders of Ball State.  Both battled in their consolation draw matches though, falling in match tie-breaks.  Barthels dropped a 3-6, 6-0, 10-3 decision to Claire McNulty of Dayton while Hamel lost 6-0, 4-6, 10-4 to Alisha Cummings of IUPUI

Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) fell in her first match of the day 6-3, 6-1 against Vanessa Whyte of IUPUI in flight three.  In match two, York suffered a 6-0, 6-4 setback to Alex Bastock of Wright State

Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) and Lauren Kammerer (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) each suffered 6-0, 6-0 setbacks in their first match at flight four and five respectively.  Fredlake fell by the same score in her second match against Abby Lewis of Wright State while Kammerer suffered a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Jesika Bays of IUPUI.

In the sixth flight, Marcy Huck of IPFW was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) to begin the day while Paola Rodriguez of Ball State topped Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.) 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the seventh flight.  O’Reilly then lost 6-0, 6-0 to Lauren Pickrel of Ball State while Goheen suffered a 6-1, 6-2 setback to Lizzy Clark of Wright State.

Prior to singles play, day one began with the opening round of doubles matches.  Fredlake and Hamel fell 8-4 to a team from Wright State.  York and Barthels dropped an 8-0 match to a duo from Ball State at flight number one while Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) and Goheen fell by the same score in the third flight against Eastern Kentucky.

The final day of play will begin at 8 a.m. CDT on Saturday morning.  The day will consist of the final two rounds of doubles and one more round of singles action.