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Valpo Men Suffer Heartbreaking 4-3 Loss at Youngstown State
Eric Honert won in both singles and doubles on Sunday. (Valpo Sports Media Relations)
Eric Honert won in both singles and doubles on Sunday. (Valpo Sports Media Relations)

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Valparaiso took a 3-0 lead on Sunday morning against Youngstown State, but the Penguins rallied winning the final four singles contests to post a 4-3 victory over the Crusaders at the Boardman Tennis Center in Boardman, Ohio.

“You have to give Youngstown State credit,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “They are a much improved team this season.”

Valpo jumped on top early, sweeping the doubles point.  Jose Gaspar (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.) and Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) defeated Tariq Ismail and Max Schermin 8-4 at number one doubles while Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) were 8-5 victors over Rodrigo Campos and Felipe Rosa at second doubles.  Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) and Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) won by that same score against Zeeshan Ismail and Rob Emig at the third spot.

The Crusaders added to the lead when Honert downed Zeeshan Ismail 6-1, 6-4 at the fourth spot and Baum added a 6-4, 6-2 win over Rosa at number two, putting Valpo within one point of clinching the match.

Youngstown State (5-10, 1-3 Horizon) rallied, as Schermin downed DeHerrera 6-4, 6-2 and Tariq Ismail topped Gaspar 6-4, 7-5.  The Penguins tied the match when Campos defeated Whitmer 6-4, 6-3 at the fifth spot and clinched the match at six as Emig rallied from a set down to defeat Stump 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Valparaiso (5-10, 0-4) will step out of conference play on Wednesday to host IPFW.  First serve is set for 3 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.