Valpo Men Win Second Straight, Down Eastern Illinois
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Valpo Men Win Second Straight, Down Eastern Illinois
Chris Baum and Jose Gaspar won the decisive double match for the Crusaders. (Valpo Media Relations)

Valparaiso won the crucial doubles point and then took four of the six singles matches to defeat Eastern Illinois 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the South Bend Racquet Club in Mishawauka, Ind. for the Crusaders’ second straight victory.

“We had a very solid performance today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “We’re picking up momentum as a team.”

Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) and Kevin Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) started the day with an 8-3 victory over Kevin Bauman and Warren Race at the third spot.  Eastern Illinois (1-5) evened doubles with an 8-4 triumph at the second spot as Charlie Dryden and Michael Sperry downed Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.).

With the doubles point coming down to the top spot, the Crusaders’ duo of Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) and Jose Gaspar (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.) won a tie-break against Jamie Firth and Matyas Hilgert 9-8 (4).

“We did a great job to win the doubles point,” Daugherty said.  “A lot of credit goes to that first doubles team.”

Baum extended Valpo’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Race at number two singles before Whitmer put the Crusader on the verge of victory with a come from behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Dryden at the fourth spot.  Honert then secured the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bauman at fifth singles.  Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) added another comeback victory over Volodymyr Zverkovsky 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 at the bottom of the order.

The Panthers earned a pair of wins at the first and third spots.  Sperry topped Gaspar in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 at one while Hilgert was a 7-6 (1), 6-1, winner against DeHerrera at three.

Valparaiso (2-4) will return to the courts next Saturday for a 3 p.m. CST match against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.