Crusader Men Drop Road Finale at Detroit
Kyle Stump led off the Valpo lineup on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Crusader Men Drop Road Finale at Detroit
Friday, March 26, 2010

Valparaiso’s men’s tennis team wrapped up the road portion of the 2010 spring season on Friday evening, dropping a 7-0 decision to Detroit at Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield, Mich.

The Titans opened the match winning all three closely contested doubles matches.  Patrick Troy and Nick Tolomei started with an 8-6 victory at number two doubles against Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.). Detroit (7-9, 1-3 Horizon) secured the point at number one as Pjotrs Necajevs and Christopher Cheung topped Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) and Arne Diehle (Reutlingen, Germany/Johannes Kepler H.S.) by the score of 8-5.  At third doubles, Alex Latosinsky and Csar Escobar Serrano downed Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) 8-5.

Valpo forced tie-breaks for the third set in two of the singles contests, but could not come away with the win.  Latosinsky defeated Whitmer at the second spot 6-4, 2-6, 10-2 while Serrano beat Litscher 6-1, 2-6, 10-7 at the fourth spot.  Necajevs topped Stump 6-2, 6-0 at the top of the order while Troy bested Baum 6-1, 6-4 at number three.  Tolomei was a 6-2, 6-2 victor over Diehle at number five singles while Cheung rounded out the lineup with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over DeHerrera.

Valparaiso (2-10, 0-2) will begin a six-match homestand at the Valpo Tennis Complex next Friday afternoon as the Crusaders host Youngstown State.  First serve is set for 1 p.m.