Valparaiso won the doubles point against Purdue on the road in West Lafayette, Ind. on Sunday morning before the Boilermakers rallied in singles play to defeat the Crusaders 6-1.
Valpo started the match strong against their Big Ten foes, taking matches at both first and second doubles to earn the early lead. Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) and Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) posted an 8-5 triumph at the top spot while Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) and Dave Bukowski (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect H.S.) were 8-6 victors at number two to seal the point. Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) and Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) fell 8-4 in their third doubles match.
In singles play, Kooyers continued his strong play from doubles at number one, falling in a first set tie-break 7-6 (9-7). He dropped the second set 6-3. Purdue (1-0) won in straight sets in every singles match as Venegas dropped his number two match 6-1, 6-2 and Shideler fell 6-3, 6-0 at number three. At fourth singles, Wagner was a 6-1, 6-0 victim while Bukowski was defeated 6-2, 6-2 at number five. Lau fell 6-1, 6-2 at the bottom of the lineup.
Valpo (0-2) will return to the courts on Saturday afternoon as the Brown and Gold travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to battle Western Michigan. First serve is set for 3 p.m. CST.