Tennis Moves to .500 after Blanking Western Illinois
Michele Fredlake won her team-leading fourth singles match on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tennis Moves to .500 after Blanking Western Illinois
Saturday, February 25, 2012

Valparaiso’s women’s team moved back to the .500 mark on the season after surrendering just six games total on Saturday morning in a 7-0 shutout victory over Western Illinois at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet Club in Flossmoor, Ill.

The Crusaders jumped out to a quick start against the Leathernecks (0-5), sweeping all three doubles contests.  Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) and Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) shut out Jessica Callahan and Ashley Rettger 8-0 at the top of the lineup.  Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) were 8-1 victors over Megan Pazdernick and Juliette Schwartz at the second spot while Aubree Zdanovec (Appleton, Wis./East H.S.) and Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) defeated Jessica Theobald and Jade Romero by the same score.

In singles play, four of the matches were 6-0, 6-0 Valpo wins.  Hamel downed Callahan at two while York was a shutout winner against Pazdernick at third singles.  At five, Zakiewicz cruised by Schwartz while Lauren Kammerer (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) also won 6-0, 6-0 against Romero at the sixth spot.  Bartels was a 6-1, 6-2 victor over Rettger at the top of the lineup while Fredlake won her team-leading fourth match of the year, 6-0, 6-1 against Theobald at number four singles.

Valparaiso (3-3) will return to action next Friday evening in a match that was just recently added to the schedule.  The Crusaders will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to face the Broncos of Western Michigan.  First serve is slated for 5 p.m. CST.