Penguins Earn First Victory of Year; Beat Valpo 4-3
Michigan City, Ind. -- The Youngstown State women's tennis team picked up their first win of the season defeating Valparaiso 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Northwest Athletic Club.
YSU earned the doubles point and picked up victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No.4 singles. The deciding match was Gimena Puppo's come-from-behind win at No. 4 singles.
In singles play, Burak cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Megan Barthels at No. 1 and Hankle took care of Stephanie York 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.
Jesko dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision at No. 3 to Kaitlyn Hamel while Jennifer Moore lost 6-0, 6-0 to Brittany O'Reilly.
The match came down to Puppo's comeback. She lost the first set to Kristin Zakiewicz 5-7, but rallied to take the next two 6-4, 6-2 to give the Guins their first win of the season.
For the year, YSU improves to 1-14 overall and 1-4 in the Horizon League while Valpo is 4-13 and 0-6.
The Penguins play at UIC on Sunday. First serve is set for noon.
YSU 4, Valparaiso 3
No. 1 - Burak (YSU) def. Megan Barthels (VU) - 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 - Hankle (YSU) def. Stephanie York (VU) - 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 - Kaitlyn Hamel (VU) def. Jesko (YSU) - 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 - Puppo (YSU) def. Kristin Zakiewicz (VU) - 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 - Brittany O'Reilly (VU) def. Moore (YSU) - 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 - Angelina Goheen (VU) won by default
No. 1 - Burak/Jesko (YSU) def. Zakiewicz/Barthels (VU) - 8-4
No. 2 - Hankle/Puppo (YSU) def. Hamel/York (VU) - 8-6
No. 3 - Goheen/O'Reilly (VU) won by default