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Valpo Battles Western Michigan Before Falling in Opener
Chris Baum battled to a match tie-break in the season opener on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Chris Baum battled to a match tie-break in the season opener on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Valparaiso played Western Michigan tough in nearly every position on Friday evening, but the five-time defending Mid-American Conference champion Broncos spoiled the Crusaders’ season opener, downing the Brown and Gold 7-0 at West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“We had a solid performance in both singles and doubles,” head coach Jim Daugherty said afterwards.  “They are a very solid team and considering this was our first match of the spring and their sixth I thought we played well.”

Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) nearly pulled out a singles win for the Crusaders at the second spot, falling in a match tie-break 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 to Pablo Olivarez.

“Chris really rebounded after a shaky start,” said Daugherty.  “He turned the match around and played brilliantly despite the loss.”

Valpo also had close matches at throughout the top four spots in the order, but Western Michigan (5-1) was able to prevail in straight sets in each of the other contests.  Jose Gaspar (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.), playing number one singles for the first time as a Crusader, battled Michael Calderone before losing 6-3, 6-3.  Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) also had a tough match at the third spot, falling 6-4, 6-2 to Simon Blomberg.  Ross VanderPloeg had a fight on his hands as well for the Broncos at four, as Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) fell just 6-3, 6-2.

“Our players really played well at the top, and our depth should be more evident as the season moves along,” Daugherty added.

At fifth and sixth singles, Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) and Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) both dropped 6-0, 6-2 matches to Zeyad Montasser and Thomas Calderone respectively.

The Crusaders were also competitive in doubles on the evening.  Whitmer and Honert battled Blomberg and Casey Cullen at the second spot before falling 8-6 while DeHerrera and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) dropped an 8-5 match to Olivarez and Montasser at the third spot.  Gasper and Baum were defeated 8-3 at the top of the lineup against Michael Calderone and Kazuya Komada.

Valparaiso (0-1) will return home next Saturday, Feb. 5 to face IUPUI.  Match time is set for 2 p.m. at the Courts of Northwest Indiana.

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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo