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Vikings Top Crusader Men in Sunday Tennis
Kevin DeHerrera played third singles and second doubles on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kevin DeHerrera played third singles and second doubles on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Valparaiso continued Horizon League action on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 7-0 match to Cleveland State at the South Bend Racquet Club in South Bend, Ind.

Cleveland State (9-10, 3-2 Horizon) jumped on top early by sweeping the opening doubles point.  Nolan Marks and Ali Shabib defeated Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) and Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) 8-6 at number one singles while Matt Ford and Yannick Goossens were 8-5 victors over Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) at the second spot.  At third doubles, Matt Kuelker and Jorg Van Der Vloet defeated Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) and Carlton Lyons (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) 8-2.

The Crusaders forced two singles matches to third sets before dropping each contest.  Baum fell 7-6 (4), 6-7 (7), 10-6 against Goossens at the top of the order while Whitmer dropped a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at fourth singles against Shabib.  Honert fell 6-1, 7-6 (4) against Kuelker at the second spot while DeHerrera lost to Marks 6-1, 6-4 at number three.  Woodson fell 6-2, 6-1 against Van Der Vloet at fifth singles while Lyons suffered  a 6-1, 6-1 setback against Ford in the sixth spot.

Valparaiso (7-13, 0-6) will continue its final homestand of the season on Wednesday afternoon, hosting Aquinas.  First serve is slated for 3 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.