Crusaders Fall to DePaul in Home Opener
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Crusaders Fall to DePaul in Home Opener
Freshman Dao Sysouvanh played No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles on Saturday

The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team competed in its first home match of the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. Visiting DePaul came away with a 7-0 victory in the first of nine home matches on the docket for the Crusaders this season.

How It Happened

  • The Blue Demons started the match by capturing the doubles point despite the Crusaders winning three games at No. 1. Keisha Clousing and Aspasia Avgeri defeated Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind. / Silver Creek) and Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind. / Munster) 6-3, while both of Valpo’s other doubles squads lost 6-1 decisions.
  • The tightest singles match of the day came at No. 6, where Randi Wind fell to Florence Abbott 6-1, 6-4.
  • Yuliya Shupenia topped Kathleen Hebble at the No. 1 singles spot 6-0, 6-1.
  • Heuer fell to Keisha Clousing 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, while Meg Modesto was on the losing end of a 6-1, 6-1 match to Patricia Lancranjan at No. 3.
  • Avgeri bested Dao Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Sun Prairie) 6-0, 6-2, and Marina Cozac got the better of Jordan Kopfer (Eagan, Minn. / Eastview) 6-1, 6-2.

Inside the Match

  • DePaul’s Yuliya Shupenia is the No. 87 ranked player in the country. The Gomel, Belarus native was named Big East Player of the Year as a sophomore and has played her way onto the all- Big East team each of the last two seasons.
  • The Blue Demons were playing their first match of the season, while the Crusaders dropped to 0-2 with the defeat.
  • DePaul went 14-8 overall and 6-0 in the Big East a year ago before falling to Xavier in the Big East championship match.  

Next Up

The Crusaders will return to action on Friday, Feb. 10 for the first of back-to-back matches in Indianapolis. They play the University of Indianapolis at 2 p.m. that day, before clashing with Dayton in a neutral site showdown on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.