Crusaders Fall 6-1 to Detroit in Men’s Tennis
Chris Baum rallied to win in three sets at Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)
Chris Baum rallied to win in three sets at Detroit. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, April 06, 2012

Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) posted Valparaiso’s lone victory on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a 6-1 match to the University of Detroit Mercy at the Titan Tennis Complex in Detroit, Mich.

Baum defeated the Titans’ Alex Latosinsky 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in a third set tie-break, rallying after dropping the opening set.

“Chris played really well today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “It feels like he’s getting back to what he does best.”

Detroit (7-12, 2-3 Horizon) won the other five singles matches in straight sets.  Cesar Escobar Serrano defeated Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) 7-5, 6-4 at the second spot while Mike Basha posted a 6-4, 7-5 win over Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) at number three.  Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) fell 6-1, 6-4 against Pablo Nunez at fourth singles while David Streeter was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Siddarth Metha (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) at number five.  Chris Cheung topped Egan Hart (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) 6-3, 6-0 at the bottom of the order.

Honert and DeHerrera posted an 8-5 win at second doubles against Latosinsky and David Stabley, but Detroit won the other two matches to take the first point.  Cheung and Basha topped Baum and Whitmer 8-4 at one while Nunez and Jay Josh topped Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Providence H.S.) and Hart 8-1 at the third spot.

Valparaiso (6-11, 0-4) will return home to host Chicago State on Monday afternoon.  First serve is set for 3 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.