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Crusaders Get Back on Track with 4-3 Win over Dayton
Senior Chris Baum won in straight sets in singles action versus Dayton Saturday afternoon
Senior Chris Baum won in straight sets in singles action versus Dayton Saturday afternoon

Saturday, February 02, 2013

It took the Valparaiso Crusaders less than 24 hours to get back into the win column as they took a tight 4-3 match from the Dayton Flyers Saturday afternoon at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford.

Similar to its season opener versus Western Illinois, the doubles point proved to be the game-winner for Valpo.  

Senior Chris Baum and freshman Danny Oakes made quick work of Robert Salcedo and Andrew Hanley at No. 2 doubles, winning their match 8-2.  The freshmen duo of Michael Savaglio and Michael Baiocchi clinched the doubles point at No. 3 when they took a hard-fought 8-5 win over Josh Malyon and Colin Bernier.  The No. 1 team of junior Eric Honert and freshman Lucas Waak were a point away from winning their doubles match when the match was stopped.

With the 1-0 advantage, the Crusaders needed just three singles victories to take the match.  

At No. 4, Baiocchi won his match 6-2, 6-4 over Kyle MacDonald.  Dayton claimed the next two singles points with wins at No. 5 and No. 1.  With the match deadlocked at 2-2, Baum won a lengthy 7-5, 6-3 tilt against Hanley at No. 2 singles.

After taking the first set 6-4, Savaglio needed just one of the next two sets to clinch the win for Valpo.  But Josh Malyon battled back and took both sets to tie it up at 3-3.

With the Crusaders' fate resting on the shoulders of Brian Hickey, the freshman delivered with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 triumph.  

With the 4-1 record, Valpo will get a week off before heading to Northwestern (7-1) to challenge the 34th-ranked Wildcats in Evanston.  The match is scheduled for 7:30pm Saturday.