Honert Wins #20 as Crusaders Down Aquinas
Eric Honert won his 20th match of the season on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Honert won his 20th match of the season on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) won his 20th singles match of the season on Wednesday evening helping lift Valparaiso to a 4-3 victory over Aquinas at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

Honert defeated Nik Artaev 6-4, 6-2 at number two singles to improve to 20-10 during his sophomore campaign, matching Nic Kooyers’ school mark set in 2005-2006.

With Valpo trailing after the opening doubles point, Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) tied the match at a point a piece, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Peter Tratt at number six singles.  The Saints retook the lead as John Telfer downed Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) 6-2, 6-2 at number five before Honert tied the match at two.

Travis Wolf put Aquinas back on top 3-2 with a 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) at third singles.  Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) added a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory at number four against Kyle Masteller, setting the stage for number one singles.

Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) clinched the match, posting a three-set win over Aaron Hendrick.  Baum needed more than two-and-a-half hours to post the 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 victory, handing the Saints just their second loss of the season.

Aquinas (21-2) won the day’s first points, taking two of the three doubles contests.  Whitmer and DeHerrera posted an 8-2 victory at the second spot for Valpo against Wolf and Masteller, but it would not be enough.  Artaev and Hendrick downed Baum and Honert 8-3 at the top spot while Telfer and Tratt topped Woodson and Carlton Lyons (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) 8-5 at number three doubles.

Valparaiso (8-13) will close out the 2011-2012 season on Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex, battling UIC.  First serve is set for 2 p.m.