For the second straight day, the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team competed in a match that came down to the wire, but this time Valpo came up short in a 5-4 loss to Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Jordan Kopfer (Eagan, Minn. / Eastview) capped her return to her home state by winning in both singles and doubles on Saturday, finishing a two-match weekend with a combined 4-0 mark in singles and doubles.
How It Happened
- Valpo owned a one-sided win in the first doubles match to finish as Kopfer and Dao Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Sun Prairie) picked up an 8-2 victory at third doubles. They played well throughout the weekend, also rolling to an 8-2 win on Friday against Bethel.
- Both other doubles courts featured extremely tight matches that saw Carleton pick up victories. Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) lost a close No. 1 doubles match 8-6, while Meg Modesto (Chesterton, Ind. / Chesterton) and Randi Wind (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) fell 8-5 at No. 2.
- Kopfer’s singles win at No. 5 came in 6-2, 6-2 fashion to complete her perfect weekend in Minnesota. She was joined in the singles win column by Modesto and Wind, both of whom prevailed in straight sets. Modesto’s victory was 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2, while Wind’s came 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4.
- Valpo forfeited at No. 6 singles, while Czerwonka was forced to retire due to an injury at No. 1 singles after winning the first set 6-4. Schoolcraft battled through a vision issue at No. 3 and fell 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.
Inside the Match
- Kopfer improved her record to 9-6 in singles and 7-5 in doubles with her play this weekend. She and Sysouvanh were paired together on the doubles court for the first time this season and went 2-0 this weekend as Sysouvanh returned from an injury.
- Modesto enjoyed her first win since coming back from an injury and her fifth victory overall this season.
- Wind joined Kopfer with a 2-0 singles weekend and is up to 29 career singles victories over her four seasons at Valpo.
- Carleton (3-1) is a Division III power and is ranked No. 31 nationally.
Valpo (2-6) will continue a stretch of six straight matches away from Northwest Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. as the team battles Dayton in a neutral-site showdown that will take place in Kalamazoo, Mich.