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Men's Tennis Earns Victory over Boston University
Kevin DeHerrera earned singles and doubles wins against Boston University. (Ray Acevedo)
Kevin DeHerrera earned singles and doubles wins against Boston University. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Spearheaded by a sweep of doubles, Valparaiso posted a 5-2 victory over Boston University on Monday morning at Star Island in Orlando, Fla.

The Crusaders came out strong, taking the match’s first point.  Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) and Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) got the ball rolling, defeating Alex Hallenbeck and Marcus Vanberkel 8-2 at number three doubles.  Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) added an 8-5 win over Jeff Chudacoff and Josh Friedman at the top spot to secure the point.  The two doubles team of Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) and Arne Deihle (Reutlingen, Germany/Johannes Kepler H.S.) capped the sweep with an 8-6 triumph over Bill Kring and Anders Rathlev.

“We got off to a good, quick start in doubles today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “It helped with the momentum heading into singles.”

Boston University (2-6) tied the match at one as Chudacoff defeated Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) 6-2, 6-0 at the top of the lineup, but the Crusaders responded.  Baum posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the third spot against Kring while DeHerrera defeated Alex Green 7-6 (1), 6-2 at number five.  Litscher secured the match win for the Brown and Gold at fourth singles, downing Vanberkel 6-1, 7-6 (5).  Whitmer added a three-set victory at second singles, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 against Hallenbeck before the Terriers’ James Bernstein defeated Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) 7-6 (4), 3-6, 10-3.

“The win is definitely a positive for us,” Daugherty said.  “But as we try to move forward as a team, we have to do a better job of reducing unforced errors.”

Valparaiso (2-5) will return to the courts in Orlando on Monday evening to face Connecticut beginning at 5:30 p.m. CST.

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