Crusaders Down Biola to Open Spring Trip
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Crusaders Down Biola to Open Spring Trip
Stephanie York won in both singles and doubles on Wednesday for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)

Valparaiso’s women’s tennis team opened their spring break trip to California on Wednesday afternoon, defeating Biola 6-3 at the Biola Tennis Center in LaMirada, Calif. to return to the .500 mark on the season.

Playing the nine-point scoring system used by NAIA schools at their home facility, the Crusaders opened the match winning two of the three doubles contests.  Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain H.S.) teamed for an 8-3 victory at number two doubles against Jessica Thong and Mariah Pace.  Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s H.S.) and Angelina Goheen (Aurora, Ill./Rosary H.S.) added an 8-1 triumph over Lauren Vogel and Angelen Cobian at the third spot.  Biola (0-14) picked up its lone doubles victory at the top spot as Kelly Thompson and Shamariah de Rojas defeated Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.) and Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central H.S.) 8-6.

The Crusaders added four more straight sets victories in singles action.  Hamel was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Thompson at number two while York blanked De Rojas 6-0, 6-0 at the third spot.  At fifth singles, Zakiewicz was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Vogel while Lauren Kammerer (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) added a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Cobian at the sixth spot.  Bartels fell in three sets at the top of the order 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 against Pace while Fredlake fell at four 6-4, 6-2 against Thong.

Valparaiso (4-4) will return to the courts on Thursday afternoon, facing Point Loma Nazarene.  First serve is slated for 4 p.m. CDT.