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Men's Tennis Posts Season's First Win Downing Wright State

Friday, February 13, 2004

Valparaiso recorded its first victory of the 2004 spring season on Friday evening as the Crusaders defeated Wright State 4-3 at the Northwest Athletic Club in Michigan City, Ind.

The Brown and Gold opened the match winning a very crucial doubles point. Jay Adams (Detroit, Mich./Andover H.S.) and Evan Roller (Canton, Mich./Plymouth Salem H.S.) notched an 8-6 win at third doubles, the only contest that was not extended past eight points. Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) and Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./Saint Charles North H.S.) dropped a narrow 9-7 match to Scott Hayden and Brian Gavin at second doubles 9-7. Ben Dunham-Freer (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands H.S.) and Jeff Vrabel (Allen Park, Mich./Saint Francis Cabrini H.S.) pulled out a 9-8 victory in a tie-break however to give Valpo the first point of the day. The duo registered a 7-3 win in the tiebreak.

In singles action, Wright State won in straight sets at both third and fifth singles, to pick up a pair of points. Roller earned a victory for the Brown and Gold at the sixth position when Mike Forcher was forced to retire with the match tied 2-2 in the first set. Dunham-Freer posted a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at the top spot of Kevin Teufel and Vrabel cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory at fourth singles over Gavin. Kooyers fell in a super tiebreak at second singles allowing the Raiders to earn their third point of the day. After dropping the first set 6-1, he rebounded to take set two 7-6 winning 7-4 in a tiebreak. He then dropped the super tiebreak 10-4.

Valparaiso (1-3) will return to the courts next Friday evening as the Crusaders entertain Dayton at the Northwest Athletic Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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