Women's Tennis Picks Up Big Win at Western Illinois
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Women's Tennis Picks Up Big Win at Western Illinois
Sophomore Paige Heuer won her sixth match of the spring at Western Illinois on Saturday. (Michael Micek)

The Valparaiso women's tennis team collected its first road win of the spring, defeating Western Illinois 5-2 at the WIU Tennis Facility in Macomb on Saturday. Freshman Cary Milanes (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) recorded a 6-3, 6-2 triumph at No. 3 singles to secure the match for the Brown and Gold.

Competing with just five players, the Leathernecks were forced to forfeit at No. 3 doubles. As a result, Milanes and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster)'s 6-4 victory at No. 2 gave the Crusaders the doubles point. WIU's Jenna Wallace/Courtney Lubbers got past Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) and Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind./Silver Creek) 6-3 atop doubles play.

Valpo opened singles action with a forfeit victory at No. 6 to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Western Illinois got on the scoreboard with a 6-4, 6-0 victory from Lubbers over Hamel at No. 1.

Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Andriana Johnson. Milanes followed with her straight set victory to give Valpo the all-important fourth point.

The Leathernecks received another point at No. 2 singles. Freshman Arianna Demos won a 7-6 (3), 6-3 battle. Heuer rallied back at No. 4 to notch a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Valpo improves to 2-9 on the season with the win while Western Illinois fell to 1-17. 

The Crusaders will be back at it next Saturday in Dayton when they take on Wright State in a Horizon League showdown. First serve is scheduled for 2 pm ET/1 pm CT.