Friday, September 25, 2009Carlton Lyons (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) earned Valparaiso’s only win on Friday as the Crusaders opened play at the Ball State Invitational in Muncie, Ind.
Lyons, playing in the D flight, cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over IUPUI’s Jesus Diaz to advance to the second round.
“Carlton is definitely putting the pieces together and competing well,” head coach Jim Daugherty said. “He has made the transition from just improving his strokes to becoming a competitor.”
In other D flight action, Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) won the opening set against Justin Collins of IPFW before dropping a 0-6, 6-4, 10-8 match.
Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) fell 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the A flight against Yannic Goossens of Cleveland State while Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) fell 6-3, 6-4 against Taylor Tunis of IUPUI.
In the C flight, Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) dropped a 6-3, 6-4 match to Dalton Albertin of Ball State while Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) was defeated by Brandon MacDonald of Xavier (Ohio) 7-6, 6-3.
Due to persistent rains in the Muncie area on Friday, only the first round of singles was completed, with no doubles contested. The Crusaders will return to the courts on Saturday morning to continue play in the tournament.
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