Valpo Falls in Home Opener to Bradley 5-2
Dan Brunette won his third straight singles match.
Dan Brunette won his third straight singles match.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Box Score

            Valparaiso opened the home portion of its outdoor schedule on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso Tennis Complex and dropped a 5-2 decision to Bradley, snapping the Crusaders’ two-match winning streak.

            Bradley (2-10) opened the match winning the doubles point with victories at the first and third spots.  The Braves’ Michel Macara and Wilder Sampson defeated Dan Brunette (Carmel, Ind./Lutheran H.S. of Indianapolis) and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) 8-4 at number three doubles before Evgeny Samoylov and Milos Romic downed Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) and Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) 9-7 at the top spot to take the first point.  Valpo’s Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) and Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) topped Richard Robertson and Vuk Bolic 9-7 at the second slot.

            Samoylov defeated Shideler 6-1, 6-3 at number one singles and Bolic topped Wagner at the third spot 6-1, 6-3 to put the Braves in front 3-0.  Brunette and Stump helped get the Crusaders back in the match.  Brunette defeated Robertson 6-4, 6-2 at number five singles while Stump downed Sampson 7-6 (5), 6-1 at the bottom of the lineup to bring the Brown and Gold within one.  Romic clinched the match at number two singles though with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Lau and Macara downed Litscher 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 at the fourth spot.

            Valparaiso (2-8) will return to action on Sunday afternoon against Horizon League foe Youngstown State.  First serve is set for 12 p.m.