The Detroit Titans and Valparaiso Crusaders split the singles matches, but the doubles point went the way of Detroit in a 4-3 loss for the Brown and Gold at the Valpo Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon.
Junior Eric Honert continued his impressive play, defeating Detroit's No. 1 singles player in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Senior Chris Baum was victorous in a tiresome match at No. 2 singles defeating Alex Latosinsky 2-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Freshman Michael Baiocchi supplied Valpo with a win at No. 4 singles by the score of 0-6, 6-2, 6-4.
What tipped the scales was the doubles point that the Titans took with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.
The tandem of Honert and Lucas Waak came up short 8-5 in their match versus Latosinsky and Mike Basha before Pablo Nunez and Jay Joshi outlasted Baum and Danny Oakes 9-7.
With the loss, Valparaiso drops to 11-8 overall, and 0-3 in the Horizon League.
The Crusaders travel to Ohio next weekend to take on Youngstown State Saturday and Cleveland State on Sunday. As of Sunday evening, a time had not yet been determined for the Saturday contest. Sunday's match against the Vikings will begin at 1:00 pm CT.