Valpo Closes Out Crusader Indoor Invitational Sunday
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Valpo Closes Out Crusader Indoor Invitational Sunday
Seniors Danny Oakes and Lucas Waak defeated Youngstown State's Gabriel Tolesani/Youssef Sherif, 7-6 (2), in doubles action Sunday at the Crusader Indoor Invitational. (Michael Micek)

The Valparaiso University men's tennis team completed the inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational on Sunday evening after a 14-9 weekend. 

Seniors Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) and Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) opened the day with a clutch 7-6 (2) victory over Youngstown State's Gabriel Tolesani/Youssef Sherif in an extra match in Flight A doubles.

Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) and Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) advanced to the final of Flight B after three wins over Friday and Saturday. However, their quest for a championship fell just short after falling 6-2 to Austin Russell and Erich Schuette of Northern Illinois. 

Hickey and Savaglio recorded both of Valpo's wins in singles play on Sunday. 

Hickey knocked off Western Michigan's Jimmy Beckwith, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 10-7, in the semifinals of Flight C singles to advance to a final match versus YSU's Bassem El-Mekawi. There, El-Mekawi staved off the Crusader senior, 5-7, 6-2, 10-6.

Savaglio captured a third-place finish in B singles. After a 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Western Michigan's Matej Svjetlicic in the semifinals, Savaglio exacted revenge on WMU with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 triumph over Eric Olivarez of the Broncos in their third-place match.

Waak dropped a 6-3, 7-5 tilt to Horizon League foe Hugo Morth of Youngstown State in consolation play within A singles. 

NIU's Eric Marbach prevailed 6-4, 6-0 over Oakes in an extra match in Flight C singles.

The Crusaders will have a few days to prepare for their final weekend of the fall season. The four-day Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals kick off Thursday in Notre Dame, Indiana.