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Valpo Edged by Butler in Men's Tennis
Michael Woodson won in straight sets at the fifth spot for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)
Michael Woodson won in straight sets at the fifth spot for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Valparaiso just missed earning its first Horizon League victory of the season on Saturday morning, dropping a tight 4-3 decision to Butler at the Butler Bubble in Indianapolis, Ind.

The teams split the six singles matches, but Butler (6-14, 3-3 Horizon) won the decisive doubles point to claim the win.

The Crusaders won at fourth, fifth, and sixth singles.  Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) posted a straight sets win at the fifth spot over Stephen McLoughlin 6-3, 6-3.  Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) came from behind after dropping the first set for a 5-7, 6-3, 10-5 victory over Lenz Theodor at number four.  Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) added a 6-3, 2-6, 10-1 win in a match tie-break against David Dolins at number six singles.

Butler posted wins at the top three spots, all in straight sets.  Brandon Bayliss was a 6-4, 6-3 winner against Jose GasparChris Baum (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.) at the top while Chris Herron topped (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) 6-1, 6-4 at number two.  Zach Ervin added a 6-1, 6-2 win against Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) at third singles.

In doubles action, McLoughlin and Herron downed Gaspar and Honert 8-3 at the top of the lineup while Bayliss and Theodor defeated Baum and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) 8-0 at the second spot.  DeHerrera and Stump fell at third doubles 8-6 against Ervin and Ben Shafer.

Valparaiso (9-12, 0-6) will close out the 2011 regular season on Sunday afternoon against Wright State. First serve is set for 1 p.m. CDT in Dayton, Ohio.