Northern Illinois Downs Valpo 6-1 in Friday Tennis
Eric Honert won his third straight match on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Honert won his third straight match on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) registered his team-leading ninth singles win of the season on Friday afternoon but it was the only point Valparaiso could register as the Crusaders fell 6-1 to Northern Illinois at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.

Honert defeated Roman Turtygin 7-5, 6-4 at number two singles for his third straight victory.

“That was a great victory for Eric today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “He played really well.”

Northern Illinois (5-2) won in straight sets at each of the other five singles spots.  Axel Lagerlof was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) at the top of the lineup while Dor Amir topped Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) 6-1, 6-1 at the third spot.  Frederic Cadieux was a 6-0, 6-2 victor over Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) at fourth singles while Maksym Lagutin topped Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) by the same score at the number six.  At fifth singles, Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) fell 6-2, 6-2 against Maximilian Phillips.

The Huskies also swept all three doubles matches.  At the second spot, DeHerrera and Honert forced a tie-break against Cadieux and Turtygin before falling 8-7 (2) while Baum and Whitmer fell 8-4 at the top spot against Amir and Lagerlof.  Bryant Poggensee-Wei and Phillips were 8-0 victors over Woodson and Mehta at the bottom of the lineup. 

“Northern Illinois is really a solid team,” Daugherty added.  Give them a lot of credit.  We didn’t see many unforced errors from them today.”

Valparaiso (2-2) will return to action at the Boylan Tennis Center Saturday morning to face IUPUI in a neutral site match.  First serve is set for 9 a.m.