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UIC Tops Valpo 5-2 Friday Night
Jose Gaspar notched a number one singles victory. (Valpo Sports Media Relations)
Jose Gaspar notched a number one singles victory. (Valpo Sports Media Relations)

Friday, April 08, 2011

Five of the six singles matches went three sets but Valparaiso was only able to win two of them as the Crusaders fell 5-2 to UIC in a contest that went late into the evening Friday night after being moved indoors to Matchpoint Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind. due to rain.

Jose Gaspar (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.) needed a third set tie-break before posting a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) victory over Alexander Raa at number one singles.  Valpo also won at the second spot at Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) downed Nate Kirk 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, rallying after dropping the first set.

UIC (6-11, 3-2 Horizon) won three set matches at the third through fifth spots, as well as in straight sets at number six singles.  Luiz Gonzaga posted a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) at number three while James Li was a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 winner over Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) at the fourth spot.  Gautham Oroskar notched a 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory over Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) at five singles while Rahul Kamath topped Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) 6-4, 7-5 at the bottom of the order.

The Flames opened the match, sweeping doubles to gain the day’s first point.  Raa and Dave Robare downed Gaspar and Honert 8-3 at first singles.  Kirk and Scott Shepardson were 8-6 winners over Baum and Whitmer at the second spot while Gonzaga and Kamath downed DeHerrera and Stump by the same score at third doubles.

Valparaiso (6-11, 0-5) will return to the courts on Saturday afternoon hosting Indiana Wesleyan.  First serve is set for 1 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.