Crusader Women End Drought, Defeat Green Bay
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Crusader Women End Drought, Defeat Green Bay

The Crusader women’s tennis team made program history Saturday night, defeating host Green Bay 5-2 for its first ever Horizon League victory. Although there were plenty of impressive performances seen in the match, Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) provided the Crusaders with crucial victories at No.3 doubles and No.3 and No.4 singles.

Valparaiso set the tone early, as Kristin Zakiewicz (Bristol, Ind./Northridge) and Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) claimed the No.1 doubles contest with a convincing 8-1 victory to take the opening point of the competition. Green Bay would battle back to take the No.2 doubles contest, but Barthels and Heuer would secure the doubles point with a critical 8-2 win in No.3 doubles.

Ahead 1-0 entering the singles competition, Hamel and Zakiewicz were unable to hold on at No.1 and No.2 singles, as Green Bay was able take a 2-1 advantage in the match with 7-5, 6-2, and 6-1, 7-6(7-4), 10-7 wins.

In No.3 singles, Heuer would pull the Crusaders back in the match, winning with a dominant 6-2, 6-3 performance. Heuer has been dependable all season long the Crusaders, as made evident by her team leading fifth win of the season.

Barthels would then give Valparaiso a 3-2 lead with a hard-fought victory in the No.4 singles contest. With the contest even after two sets, Barthels outlasted her opponent in the third set, winning 10-6 to win the contest and take the go-ahead point.

Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph’s) and Morgan Paras (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) ensured the Crusader victory with decisive wins at No.5 and No.6 singles. Fredlake took a 6-1, 6-0 victory, while Paras defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-1

With the 5-2 win, Valparaiso ends its Horizon League drought and moves to 1-2 in League play. The Crusader women will look to improve to 2-2 in league play tomorrow afternoon with a match at Milwaukee. The match is scheduled for a noon start.