Valpo Drops Close Match with Ball State
Monday, February 26, 2007
Valparaiso forced four singles matches to three sets on Monday afternoon at Matchpoint Racquet Club in Griffith, Ind., but managed just one victory among them as the Crusaders dropped a 6-1 contest to Ball State.

The Cardinals opened with victories at second and third doubles to secure the first point of the match. Valpo's Rachel Janssen (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) and Kate Evangelist (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West H.S.) posted an 8-6 victory at first doubles, though, to keep the Crusaders from being swept.

Ball State (4-4) won three of the four three set matches in singles play to capture the victory though. Lindsey Gustafson (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) registered the lone Valpo with a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Katherine Rist at sixth singles.

Evangelist dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 decision at second singles while Whitney Chada (Downers Grove, Ill./North H.S.) fell 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 at the fourth spot. Kim Sajevic (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.) won the opening set at the third spot before falling 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Valparaiso (4-4) will be off the courts until March 11 when the Crusaders face Appalachian State in Orlando, Fla. First serve is set for 10 a.m.