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Doubles Featured Saturday at Bradley
Michael Woodson posted a three-set singles win. (Ray Acevedo)
Michael Woodson posted a three-set singles win. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The middle day of play at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic in Peoria, Ill. featured four doubles matches as well as a singles contest for Valparaiso University as the Crusaders continued action in their season-opening tournament.

Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) earned an 8-2 victory over host Bradley in their second match of the day at the top flight.

Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) and Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) notched an 8-3 triumph in the second flight of doubles against Southern Indiana.

At third doubles, Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) and Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) earned a pair of wins.  The duo defeated Southern Indiana 8-6 and Lewis 8-4.

The final doubles flight saw Carlton Lyons (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) and Egan Hart (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) register an 8-3 victory over DePauw.

The Crusaders also earned a couple of singles wins on the day.  Honert needed a match tie-break, but defeated Hamish Weerasinghe of Bradley 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 in the fourth flight.

“Eric really had the match of the day, winning his single match in a tie-break,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “He played absolutely fearless.  It was the end of a long day and his fifth match of the day and he really stepped up.”

Woodson also registered a singles win at the sixth flight in a tie-break.  Facing Nathan Lattimer of Southern Indiana, he battled back from a set down to pick up a 5-7, 6-0, 10-6 win.

Valpo will return to action on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for the final day of play in Peoria.