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Valpo Men Bounce Back to Defeat Youngstown State
Tom Litscher won in singles and doubles on Saturday against Youngstown State.
Tom Litscher won in singles and doubles on Saturday against Youngstown State.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

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            After dropping its quarterfinal match to Butler earlier in the day, Valparaiso rebounded with a 4-0 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon in the consolation draw of the Horizon League Tennis Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

            The Crusaders, the sixth seed, started strong, winning a pair of doubles matches from the Penguins for the match’s first point.  Dan Brunette (Carmel, Ind./Lutheran H.S. of Indianapolis) and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) defeated Maurice Rucker and Zach Landgraf 8-2 at third doubles.  Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) and Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) then topped Diego Cerzosimo and Christopher Leson 8-4 at the second spot.  Youngstown State’s (2-14) Scott Kathary and Ryan Trapp led Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) and Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) 7-6 when the match was stopped because the point was determined.

            In singles play, Stump defeated Landgraf 6-1, 6-0 at sixth singles to tie Lau for the team lead with 11 victories on the year.  Lau never finished his match at first singles against Kathary, but was trailing 6-1, 4-3.  Litscher added a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Rucker at fourth singles while Brunette earned his 10th win of the year, 6-3, 6-0 against Leson.  The Penguins, the seventh seed, led at two and three as Trapp had a 7-6 (5), 1-2 lead on Shideler and Cerzosimo lead Wagner 6-4, 2-3 when the team match was decided.

            Valparaiso (6-13) will now face Wright State (2-18), the fifth seed, on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. CDT in Indianapolis to wrap up the season in the tournament’s fifth place match.