Valpo Men Suffer Heartbreaking 4-3 Loss at Youngstown State
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Valpo Men Suffer Heartbreaking 4-3 Loss at Youngstown State
Eric Honert won in both singles and doubles on Sunday. (Valpo Sports Media Relations)

Valparaiso took a 3-0 lead on Sunday morning against Youngstown State, but the Penguins rallied winning the final four singles contests to post a 4-3 victory over the Crusaders at the Boardman Tennis Center in Boardman, Ohio.

“You have to give Youngstown State credit,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “They are a much improved team this season.”

Valpo jumped on top early, sweeping the doubles point.  Jose Gaspar (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.) and Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) defeated Tariq Ismail and Max Schermin 8-4 at number one doubles while Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) were 8-5 victors over Rodrigo Campos and Felipe Rosa at second doubles.  Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) and Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) won by that same score against Zeeshan Ismail and Rob Emig at the third spot.

The Crusaders added to the lead when Honert downed Zeeshan Ismail 6-1, 6-4 at the fourth spot and Baum added a 6-4, 6-2 win over Rosa at number two, putting Valpo within one point of clinching the match.

Youngstown State (5-10, 1-3 Horizon) rallied, as Schermin downed DeHerrera 6-4, 6-2 and Tariq Ismail topped Gaspar 6-4, 7-5.  The Penguins tied the match when Campos defeated Whitmer 6-4, 6-3 at the fifth spot and clinched the match at six as Emig rallied from a set down to defeat Stump 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Valparaiso (5-10, 0-4) will step out of conference play on Wednesday to host IPFW.  First serve is set for 3 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.