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Singles Play Rallies Valpo for Victory over IUPUI
Kyle Stump won the decisive match at fifth singles. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Stump won the decisive match at fifth singles. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valparaiso won the final three singles matches on Saturday afternoon to rally from a 3-1 deficit and defeat IUPUI in the Crusaders’ home opener at the Courts of Northwest Indiana.

“The team showed a lot of character after losing the doubles point to comeback,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “We fought to the end in every match.  I was really proud of the bottom of the  line-up stepping up in singles to get the job done.”

The Crusaders dropped the opening doubles point which was closely contested.  IUPUI (0-7) won the first match at number two doubles as Gregory Sosa and Taylor Tunis defeated Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) and Carlton Lyons (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) 8-2.  Lyons was making his collegiate debut on Saturday afternoon.  The Crusaders tied up doubles as the number one team of Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) and Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) broke serve late in the match on the way to an 8-5 victory over Daniel Klingenberg and Bren Vasalakis.  With the point tied at one, the Crusaders were up a break at third doubles, but IUPUI’s team of E.J. Dechow and Jorge Yunes rallied to post an 8-6 win over Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.)

Valpo tied the match at one early in singles as DeHerrera posted a straight sets 6-3, 6-0 victory over Dechow at the number three spot.  IUPUI won a pair of three set matches at the top two spots to take a 3-1 lead though.  Klingenberg defeated Litscher 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 at the second spot and Sosa followed, rallying from a set down to top Lau 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Phidias Fortune (San Antonio, Texas/Madison H.S.) started the Crusader comeback with a straight sets win at fourth singles 6-4, 6-3 over Vasalakis.  Whitmer, a freshman, won a pair of tie-breaks against Yunes at the sixth spot, to win 7-6 (6), 7-6 (1) and tie the contest at three.

In the decisive fifth singles match, Stump rallied from a set down to pull out the win.  He dropped the opening set 7-5 against Tunis before posting a 6-2, 6-3 win in the final two sets.

Valparaiso (1-2) will head to Muncie, Ind. next Saturday evening to face Ball State.  First serve is set for 5 p.m. CST.

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