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Crusaders Remain Winless in Spring of 2006

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Valparaiso men's tennis team dropped its sixth straight match of the spring on Saturday evening as the Crusaders fell by a score of 6-1 to Illinois-Chicago in the Windy City.

The Flames won two out of three competitive matches in doubles to take the first point of the match. Ivan Kovalev and Andy Lockhart were 8-2 victors over Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) and Dave Bukowski (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect H.S.) at the top of the lineup while Valpo's Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) and Blain Keller (Muncie, Ind./Delta H.S.) answered with an 8-6 triumph over Paul Glendenning and Danai Samuriwo. UIC won the deciding match 8-7 (4) as Eric Fey and Adriano Liccardo downed Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) and Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.).

In singles play, Illinois-Chicago (3-4) took five of the six matches. Kovalev downed Kooyers 6-4, 7-6 (2) at the top while Liccardo was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Venegas at number two. Valpo's Wagner posted a 7-6 (1), 6-1 win over Glendenning at third singles for the lone Crusader point. Bukowski went three sets with Lockhart before falling 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 while Lau fell 6-2, 6-3 to Fey at the fifth spot. At the bottom of the order, Dan Brunette (Carmel, Ind./Lutheran H.S. of Indianapolis) fell 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in a third set super tie-break.

Valparaiso (0-6) will look for its first victory on March 13 as the Crusaders head to Kissimmee, Fla. for its spring trip. The Crusaders will face Wagner in a 9 a.m. CST match.