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Valpo Men Have Best Showing Ever in ITA Singles
Eric Honert served up a win in round one on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Honert served up a win in round one on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Chris Baum advanced to the round of 32 at the ITA Regionals. (Ray Acevedo)
Chris Baum advanced to the round of 32 at the ITA Regionals. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Valparaiso University’s men’s tennis team had all three competitors register victories in the opening round of the qualifying draw at the ITA Regionals for the first time in program history on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio.

Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.), Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.), and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) each won their round of 64 match before falling in the afternoon in the round of 32.

“I am really proud of all three of how all three of our guys played today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “They all began with a bit of nerves playing in one of the elite tournaments of the year.  However, they really settled into their games well and played really strong.  The competition just proved to be a bit too strong for them in round two.  This was a big step forward for us today and we will look to continue to advance further and further next season.”

This marked the first time a Crusader had registered a singles win in the event since 2005 when Nic Kooyers won an opening round match.  It was also the first time ever more than one Valpo player recorded a victory in the same season since the regional tournament began.

Baum opened the day needing an 11-9 tie-break victory in the first set against Nate Kirk of UIC to spearhead the victory.  He won the opening round match 7-6 (9), 6-1.  He fell in round two 6-1, 6-2 to Wyatt Lippert of Ohio State, the field’s number nine overall seed.  The redshirt-junior finishes the fall season 6-2 overall in singles.

Honert downed Detroit’s Pablo Nunez 6-4, 6-3 in round one before dropping a tough 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3) decision to Zeyad Montasser of Western Michigan in the round of 32, dropping a pair of set tie-breakers.  Honert shared team-high honors this fall with six singles victories.

“Eric’s performance in both of his matches today was just outstanding,” Daugherty added.  “He really put together back-to-back solid matches.”

Whitmer rallied in his first match against Connor Andrews of IPFW, rebounding from a first set loss to posted a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 triumph.  The senior fell 6-0, 6-1 to Ross Vanderpoloeg of Western Michigan in his second match of the day.

Baum and Whitmer will team on Friday afternoon in the opening round of doubles action in the main draw.  The duo will face the tournament’s eight seed, Billy Bertha and Alex Kostanov of Wisconsin.  Honert will join Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) to face Michigan’s Michael Zhu and Alex Buzzi in the opening round.

Doubles action begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus.

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