A victory at No. 4 singles for Dao Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Sun Prairie) provided the highlight of the day for the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team on Sunday. She accounted for Valpo’s triumph in a 6-1 setback to Wayne State at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. The Warriors are ranked 21st nationally in Division II.
How It Happened
- Sysouvanh pulled out a close first set 7-5 before dropping the second 2-6 against Khadija Da-Silva. That sent her match to a third-set tiebreak, which Sysouvanh won 10-5.
- The No. 1 singles match was tightly-contested as Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic) jumped out to the early lead with a 7-5 win over Dasha Kuznetsova in Set 1, but the Wayne State No. 1 singles player picked up 6-2, 6-2 wins in Sets 2 and 3 to nail down the victory.
- The Warriors (17-5) won the remaining singles matches in straight sets and captured triumphs on all three doubles courts.
- Sysouvanh’s win was her third of the season. This marked her first victory of a spring season that has been hindered by an injury.
Valpo will compete in a pair of matches on Saturday, April 6, hosting Bradley in Missouri Valley Conference play at 2 p.m. before a 6 p.m. showdown with Ohio Northern in nonconference action. The matches will take place either outdoors at the Valpo Tennis Complex (weather permitting) or indoors at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith.