The Valparaiso University tennis team closed out the road portion of the season with a 7-0 setback to Drake on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. All three remaining regular-season matches will take place at home.
How It Happened
- Drake took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. The No. 3 doubles match went unfinished.
- The Bulldogs won on all six singles courts, but three of the six matches did require a third set. Even two of the sweeps were tightly contested as the first set at No. 1 singles went to a tiebreak, while the set scores at No. 4 were 6-4, 7-6(4) in favor of the Bulldogs.
- Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake), Eleanor Chapman (East Sussex, England / Eastbourne College [UT Martin / Lipscomb]) and Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) all won sets in their respective matches. Jhaveri won the opening set 6-4 at No. 3 before falling in the next two sets. At No. 5, Chapman dropped a thriller that saw a traditional third set extend to a tiebreak with Drake winning the match 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2).
- Bertino won the first set at No. 6 by a 6-3 score, but dropped the remaining sets 6-4, 10-5.
The Beacons (10-7, 0-5) will return home to host Bradley on Friday at noon.