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Despite Strong Doubles Play, Crusaders Fall at Xavier
Sunday, April 01, 2007Valparaiso opened Sunday morning strong, winning the doubles point, but Xavier (Ohio) swept all six singles contests on the way to a 6-1 victory over the Crusaders in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) and David Bukowski (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect H.S.) cruised to an 8-1 victory at the third doubles spot. Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) and Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) clinched the match's opening point with an 8-3 victory at the second spot. At one doubles, Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) and Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) just missed a clean sweep, falling in a tie-break 8-7 (5).
In singles play, Xavier (13-9) won the top five spots in straight sets. Wagner fought to a third set tie-break at six singles before dropping a 6-3, 5-7, 10-1 match. Shideler played the next tightest match for the Brown and Gold, falling 6-4, 6-4 at fifth singles.
Valparaiso (2-10) will look to return to the victory column on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Fort Wayne, Ind. to battle IPFW. First serve is set for 2 p.m. CDT.