Whitmer Posts Win for Valpo in Season Opener
Adam Whitmer won in straight sets to open the spring season. (Ray Acevedo)
Whitmer Posts Win for Valpo in Season Opener
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) earned a win at fourth singles for Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders dropped a 6-1 match to Ball State at the Muncie YMCA in Muncie, Ind. in the season opener for the Brown and Gold.

Whitmer posted a straight sets, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Austin Sansone for Valpo’s lone point.

“I’m really proud of how Adam finished out his match,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.

Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) won his opening set at number one doubles against Dalton Albertin before falling in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Ball State (1-2) won each of the other four singles contests in straight sets.  Ray Leonard was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) at number two singles while Patrick Elliott downed Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) by the same score at the fifth spot.  Austin Smith defeated Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) 6-3, 6-0 at third singles while Derek Carpenter was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) at the fifth spot.

The Cardinals also won all three doubles contests.  Albertin and Leonard topped Baum and Whitmer 8-6 at the top of the lineup while Carpenter and Zane Smith defeated Honert and DeHerrera at the second spot 8-4.  Elliott and Austin Smith were 8-5 victors over Woodson and Mehta.

“I hope we can go into each match this season with the same intensity we had today,” Daugherty added.

Valparaiso (0-1) will return to the courts next Saturday traveling to Dayton, Ohio to battle the Flyers of Dayton.  First serve is slated for 3 p.m. CST.