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Crusader Men Impressive on Day 1 in Dayton
Chris Baum has advanced to the A flight semifinals. (Ray Acevedo)
Chris Baum has advanced to the A flight semifinals. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Valparaiso’s men’s tennis team posted a combined 19-7 record on the opening day of the Dayton/Wright State Invitational held in Dayton, Ohio.  The Crusaders have six players that have advanced to the semifinals in singles action while a team has advanced to the championship match in the B flight of doubles.

Every Crusader won at least one singles and one doubles contest on the afternoon as the Crusaders were impressive from the start.

In doubles action, the team of Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) have advanced to Sunday’s championship match in the B flight.  The duo won a pair of matches against teams from Wittenberg, both by the score of 8-5.  In the same flight, Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) and Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) advanced to the semifinals with a 9-8 (4) win over Wright State in the opening round.  They fell 8-4 in the semifinals though to the Youngstown State team that Honert and Whitmer will face in tomorrow’s final.

The A flight of doubles saw both of Valpo’s teams advance to the semifinals before falling.  Jose Gaspar (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.) and Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) defeated a duo from Youngstown State 8-4 in the opening round before falling to Wright State 8-5 in the semis.  Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) were 8-6 victors over Dayon in match one before falling 9-8 (8) in a tie-break to Wright State in the semifinals.

Carlton Lyons (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) got in on the victory parade as well in doubles, teaming with Rodrigo Campos of Youngstown State in the C flight.  The duo defeated Wittenberg 8-5 in their first match before dropping an 8-3 decision to Dayton in the championship.

Valpo’s momentum continued into singles play, with a pair of Crusaders advancing to the semifinals in the A flight.  Baum posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Andrew Hanley of Dayton to start the day, and then added a 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 win in the quarterfinals against Felipe Rosa of Youngstown State.  Joining Baum in the semifinals is Gaspar, who defeated Stephane Antwi of Wittenberg 6-2, 6-1 in round one and topped Jan Alafriz of Wright State 6-7 (4), 6-3, 10-3 in the quarterfinals.  DeHerrera fell in his first match before rebounding with a win over Bobby Fisher of Wittenberg 6-1, 6-0 in the back draw of the same flight.

The B singles flight Honert and Whitmer both advanced to the semifinals as well.  Honert was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Andrew Nixon of Dayton in the first round and downed Sam Pecyna of Dayton 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.  Whitmer topped Joseph Marra of Wittenberg 6-0, 6-2 in his first match and defeated Evan Neuman of Wright State 5-7, 6-1, 10-7 in the quarterfinals.  Woodson and Stump both fell in their first round match before rebounding with wins in the back draw.  Woodson defeated Sam Wilke of Wittenberg 6-4, 6-1 while Stump cruised past Jonathan Mueller of Wittenberg 6-1, 6-1.

Mehta has advanced to Sunday’s championship in the C draw.  He disposed of Philip Dresden of Dayton 6-2, 6-0 before downing Art Keighley of Wright State 6-1, 6-1.  Lyons won his first match against Josh Fridley of Wittenberg 6-0, 6-0 but fell in the semifinals 6-3, 6-1 to Zeeshan Ismail of Youngstown State.

Valparaiso will look to capture the various flight championships on Sunday as the action begins at 8 a.m. CDT.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo