Valpo Closes Fall Slate with 5-2 Setback to Robert Morris
Monday, October 17, 2011
Valpo Closes Fall Slate with 5-2 Setback to Robert Morris
Michele Fredlake earned her first collegiate win on Monday. (Ray Acevedo)

The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team wrapped up the fall portion of their schedule on Monday afternoon, dropping a 5-2 dual match decision to Robert Morris (Ill.) at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

“We’re showing a great deal of improvement from the beginning of the fall, especially with a team as young as we are,” head coach Traci Young said.  “We were playing a lot more aggressive in doubles today.”

Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) earned her first collegiate victory for the Brown and Gold at number four singles, posting a 4-6, 6-1, 10-2 triumph over Stephanie Messina.  Brittany O’Reilly (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest H.S.) added her third victory of the fall at number six, downing Nicole Mitchell 6-1, 6-1.

Robert Morris won each of the other four singles matches in straight sets.  Anastasia Khabirova downed Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) 6-1, 6-3 at the top of the order while Alejandra Gamboa defeated Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) 6-2, 6-1 at the second spot.  Ana Kostic added a 6-0, 6-2 win over Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) at three and Maria Bellorin topped Lauren Kammerer (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) 6-0, 6-1 at five.

Valpo also added a win at number three doubles as Hamel and Fredlake teamed for an 8-3 victory over Khabirova and Mitchell for the duo’s first win of the year.  Gamboa and Messina topped York and Barthels 8-1 at number one while Bellorin and Kostic defeated Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) and Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.) 8-5 at number two.

“I think by the time the spring season comes around, we’ll be ready,” Young concluded.