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Valpo Opens Season With Top Performances at the Ball State Fall Invitational

Monday, September 20, 2004

Valparaiso University's men's tennis team opened its 2004 fall season over the weekend at the Ball State Fall Invitational and turned in some outstanding performances in Muncie, Ind.

The doubles team of Blain Keller (Muncie, Ind./Delta H.S.) and Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) advanced to the finals in the C Flight before falling 8-5 to a duo from Western Michigan. The pair had defeated Bradley 8-6, Ball State 8-3, and another team from Western Michigan 8-5 on the way to the finals.

Elsewhere in doubles play, Ben Dunham-Freer (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands H.S.) and Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./Saint Charles North H.S.) rebounded from a first round loss in the main draw of the A Flight to advance to the semifinals of the consolation draw. They posted a 9-8 (5) win over Xavier (Ohio) before falling to Butler.

In the B Flight, David Bukowski (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect H.S.) and Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) notched an 8-4 victory over Saint Louis in the opening round before falling in the quarterfinals to Illinois State.

Evan Roller (Canton, Mich./Plymouth Salem H.S.) and Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S.) suffered the same fate as Bukowski and Shideler in the D Flight, posting an 8-2 win over Cleveland State before falling to Xavier.

In singles play, Venegas turned out to be Valpo's top performer, advancing to the semifinals of the C Flight. The sophomore defeated Marquette 6-2, 6-2 before posting a pair of wins against opponents from Ball State. In the second round he was a 7-6 (8), 6-4 victor, while he needed to rally for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-4 triumph in the quarterfinals. He eventually lost 6-1, 6-3 to an opponent from Indiana State who went on to win the flight.

Shideler, also playing the C Flight, dropped his first match but posted a 7-5, 6-1 victory over a gentleman from IPFW to advance to the quarterfinals of the consolation draw.

Valpo also had some success in the D Flight. Roller posted three set victories over Marquette and IUPUI to advance to the quarterfinals before falling to Butler. Keller also notched a pair of three set victories over opponents from Northern Illinois and Butler before losing in the quarterfinals. Dan Brunette (Carmel, Ind./Lutheran H.S. of Indianapolis) won his first round match against Xavier but fell to Western Michigan.

In the B Flight, Kooyers posted the same results as Brunette, downing IPFW 6-4, 6-1 before losing to Western Michigan.

Valparaiso will return to the courts this weekend for the Bradley Invitational. Play begins at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday in Peoria, Ill.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay