The Valpo men's tennis team made another strong showing in day two of the Crusader Indoor Invitational held at the Courts of NWI in Valparaiso. The Crusaders went a perfect 4-0 in singles play and 2-2 in doubles action.
Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) won easily over Cardinal Stritch's Florian Fresse, 6-1, 6-2 in Flight A consolation play. Fellow senior Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) was victorious in his Flight B quarterfinals match over Youngstown State's Matthew Krtizinger, 6-3, 6-4. Savaglio will face Toledo's Reid Teatsorth in a semifinals showdown Sunday at 10:00 am.
Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) advanced to the semis in Flight C play. He knocked off Youngstown State's Youssef Sherif, 6-2, 6-4. Hickey will take on Western Michigan's Jimmy Beckwith at approximately 11:15 am on Sunday.
Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Francis North) defeated Western Illinois' Brady Smith, 6-0, 6-0 in Flight D singles action.
Waak and Oakes fell in a tight tilt against Olivet Nazarene's Rodolfo Sanchez/Juan Lopez Morales, 7-6 (6). The two later fell in their extra match, 6-4, to Toledo's Omar Espinosa/Luka Vitosevic.
Savaglio and Hickey enjoyed success in Flight B doubles play. They doubled up the mixed tandem of WIU's Surya Sawhney and YSU's John Page, 6-3, in quarterfinals play. The Crusader pair advanced to the semifinals where they dispatched Alfonso Martinez/Tyler Cannon of Olivet Nazarene, 6-1.
Play concludes Sunday at The Courts of NWI.