Valparaiso dropped a pair of tough Mid-Continent Conference matches on Saturday in Indianapolis. The Crusaders fell in the morning 4-1 to Western Illinois before suffering a 4-3 setback to IUPUI in the afternoon.
Valparaiso opened its 2007 Mid-Continent Conference season on Friday morning, and nearly pulled off the victory before falling 4-3 to Oral Roberts in the first league cluster held in Indianapolis, Ind.
Valparaiso split the first two sets in four different singles matches on the afternoon, but could not finish off any of the contests as the Crusaders dropped a 7-0 match against UIC on Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
Persistent drizzle throughout the afternoon on Wednesday prevented the courts from completely drying, and, after a rain delay of more than an hour, both the men's and women's tennis matches between Valparaiso and Chicago State slated for the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex have been postponed.
Despite dropping the doubles point to begin the match, Valparaiso rallied during singles play to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 4-3 on Tuesday morning in Fort Myers, Fla., giving the Crusaders their second victory in as many days.
Valparaiso began its spring trip on a positive note Monday morning as the Crusaders picked up their first victory of the season, defeating future Horizon League foe UW-Green Bay 6-1 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) rallied from a set down to post a 3-6, 7-5, 10-2 victory at fourth singles for the Crusaders, but it was not enough for Valparaiso as the Brown and Gold dropped a 6-1 match against Bradley in Peoria, Ill. on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) recorded Valparaiso's first singles victory of the spring season on Sunday morning, but it was not enough for the Crusaders as they fell 6-1 to Eastern Illinois at Matchpoint Tennis Center in Griffith, Ind.
The fall men's tennis season came to a close on Friday evening as the lone Valparaiso doubles team dropped its first round match of the main draw at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.
All three players for Valparaiso dropped first round qualifying matches on Wednesday at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., but two rebounded to win consolation contests later in the afternoon.
Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) finished runner-up in the C Flight as the Crusaders closed out the inaugural Valpo Fall Classic on Saturday at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
Every player for the Crusaders posted at least one victory on Friday afternoon, either in singles or doubles, as play came a close on the opening day of the inaugural Valpo Fall Classic held at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
Valparaiso University's Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Bradley Invitational this past weekend.
Saturday turned out to be a solid day for Valparaiso's men's tennis team as the Crusaders posted numerous victories at the Bradley Invitational held in Peoria, Ill. Rain delayed play and forced it indoors eventually.
Valparaiso University men's tennis coach Jim Daugherty has announced the completion of his 2007 spring schedule which includes four home matches, including three at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) and Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) won the A Doubles consolation flight at the Ball State Fall Invitational on Sunday afternoon as competition wrapped up in the three-day event.
Valparaiso had a much more successful day two than the Crusaders did in day one at the Ball State Fall Invitational on Saturday in Muncie, Ind. as Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) advanced to the consolation singles finals while a Brown and Gold doubles team advanced to the consolation doubles finals.
Valparaiso University's Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) had success in singles and doubles on Friday afternoon on the opening day of the Ball State Fall Invitational in Muncie, Ind., the Crusaders first fall event of the season.
After a solid spring season which saw the Valparaiso Crusaders finish runner-up in the Mid-Continent Conference, the Brown and Gold are set to take the courts this fall in various tournament competitions.