Crusaders Fall to DePaul 7-0
Mike Wagner teamed with Mike Shideler for a doubles victory.
Mike Wagner teamed with Mike Shideler for a doubles victory.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Box Score

            Valpo earned its first spring doubles victory of the year on Saturday evening, but it was not nearly enough as DePaul shutout Valparaiso 7-0 in Chicago, Ill.

            The Crusaders’ top doubles team of Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) and Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) defeated the Blue Demons’ Alasdair Graetz and Adam Williams 8-6 but DePaul (5-3) won the other two doubles contests and swept singles on the way to the shutout.

            Vanja Grgec and Bartosz Jozwiak defeated Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) and Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) 8-6 at the second spot while Jose Moncada and Ben Hartman were 8-4 victors over Dan Brunette (Carmel, Ind./Lutheran H.S. of Indianapolis) and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.).

            “I was very pleased with our doubles today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “We came out strong and had a chance to win the doubles point.”

            Stump nearly pulled out a win at sixth singles against Williams before falling in a super tie-break 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.  DePaul won the other five matches in straight sets.  Moncada defeated Shideler at the top of the order 6-1, 6-1 while Graetz downed Lau 6-1, 6-2.  Grgec was a 6-2, 6-1 winner against Wagner while Jozwiak topped Litscher 6-1, 6-0.  Hartman defeated Brunette 6-3, 6-1.

            “We are still trying to find our way strategically in singles play,” Daugherty concluded with.

            Valparaiso (0-3) will look to bounce back on Sunday morning against Eastern Illinois.  First serve is set for 9:30 a.m. in Champaign, Ill.