After their match at Ball State on Friday, the Crusader women’s tennis team returned home Saturday for an evening match-up against Western Michigan. Despite a solid effort from the Crusaders, the Broncos were able to defeat the Crusaders in a 7-0 decision.
In No.1 doubles, Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge) and partner Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) took one match in a 6-1 loss to Western Michigan’s Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Sujashvili. Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) were able to take two matches in No.2 doubles, but would go onto lose in a 6-2 decision. Angelina Goheen Aurora, Ill./Rosary) and Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s) were unable to take a match from their Bronco opponents in No.3 doubles, as Western Michigan would sweep doubles play.
No.3 and No.6 singles players, Heuer and Paras, would both lose their matches 6-0, 6-0. In No.4 singles, Barthels would drop the first set 6-0, and the second 6-2. Fredlake would also fall in No.5 singles 6-1, 6-0. In No.1 singles, Hamel was able to take two games in the first set, and three in the second, but would go on to lose the matches by scores of 6-2, 6-3. The Bronco’s Meika Ashby was able to defeat Zakiewicz in No.2 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-1.
The Crusader women will continue their two-match home-stand on Friday, January 25th, as Valparaiso welcomes South Dakota to the Courts of NWI. The match is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT.