Freshman Cary Milanes (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) was victorious twice Friday, but the Valparaiso women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to the undefeated Wayne State Warriors at The Courts of NWI.
For starters, Milanes and teammate Paige Heuer (Munster, Ind./Munster) teamed up to defeat Wayne State's Alex Poissant/Andreea Mitrache, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles. The Valpo victory evened doubles play after Kaitlyn Hamel (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) and Kathleen Hebble (Sellersburg, Ind./Silver Creek) fell 6-1 to Yahsha Moore/Anne Li Briand at No. 1.
Julia Kamenko and Liz Souza Ghellere secured the doubles point for Wayne State at No. 3 following their 6-3 win over Megan Barthels (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central)/Michele Fredlake (South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph's).
Milanes evened the match at 1-1 as her 6-4, 6-1 triumph at No. 3 singles was the first match completed. With the straight set win, Milanes captured her fifth victory of the season.
Wayne State went on to record wins throughout the rest of the lineup.
Kamenko defeated Barthels 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 before Briand gave Wayne State a 3-1 advantage at No. 4 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Heuer.
Lauren Hughes clinched the match for the Warriors by virtue of her 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory versus Fredlake at No. 6.
Hamel and Hebble both gave their opponents all they could handle at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Hamel and Moore went three sets before the latter claimed a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 victory. Mitrache ended the match after her 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 come-from-behind win at No. 2.
Valpo (1-6) will head off to sunny Phoenix, Arizona for its spring trip. The Crusaders will play Arizona Christian (8-0) on Monday, March 2nd at 2:30 pm CT. The final match of the trip will be held the following afternoon versus Grand Canyon (2-5) at 12 pm CT.