Crusaders Hit First Road Bump in Spring Season
Senior Chris Baum dropped his #2 singles match to NIU's Dor Amir 6-1, 7-5 Friday night in DeKalb

Crusaders Hit First Road Bump in Spring Season
Friday, February 1, 2013

The Northern Illinois Huskies brought Valpo back down to Earth Friday night in Rockford with a 7-0 shutout giving the Crusaders their first loss of the spring schedule.

The #3 doubles team of Michael Savaglio and Michael Baiocchi were ahead 7-6 in their match when teammates Chris Baum and Danny Oakes lost their final game of an 8-6 loss at #2 doubles, thereby giving the Huskies the doubles point and prematurely ending their match against Max Phillips and Jovan Zeljkovic.

Eric Honert and Lucas Waak had dropped their match at #1 doubles earlier 8-2.

At No. 1 singles play, Honert had his three-match winning streak snapped as he was on the wrong end of a 6-1, 7-5 contest.  

Dor Amir defeated Baum by the same 6-1, 7-5 score at No. 2 singles.

The freshmen trio of Savaglio, Baiocchi, and Waak all lost in straight sets at No. 3, 4, and 5 respectively.

At No. 6, freshman Brian Hickey took Zeljkovic to three sets before succumbing 10-7 in the third-set tiebreaker.

With the loss, Valpo's record slides to 3-1.  The Crusaders return to the court Saturday morning at 10:30 versus Dayton.