Day One Complete at Valpo Fall Classic
Friday, October 06, 2006
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.

Valpo put together a strong showing in the first round of doubles to start the day off right. Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) and Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) posted an 8-4 victory over the team of Scott Kathary and Tom Barth of Youngstown State to advance to the afternoon's semifinal round in the A Flight.

In the C Flight, Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) and Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) had the same success in their first round match, downing a combined team of Wright State's Daniel Woods and IUPUI's Josh Kutch by the score of 8-3. Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) teamed with UW-Green Bay's Matt Keesey to post an easy 8-0 victory over Bruce Fortson and Tommy Cox of Wright State to advance to the semifinals.

As the players switched over to singles play, Kooyers registered a thrilling come-from-behind 3-6, 6-2, 11-9 victory over Tom Barth of Youngstown State in the first round of A Singles. In the B Flight, David Bukowski (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect H.S.) earned a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Dean Guyer of IUPUI to advance while Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) also posted a win in the same flight by the score of 6-2, 6-1 over Ryan Trapp of Youngstown State.

Singles success continued for the Crusaders in the C Flight, as Lau posted a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Tony Mitson of IPFW in the opening round. Litscher also had opening round success, as he posted a 6-2, 6-4 straight sets win over Maurice Rucker of Wright State.

The opening day of play closed with the semifinal round of doubles. Wagner and Lau earned a berth in Saturday's championship match with their 8-1 victory over E.J. Dechow and Blake Powers of IUPUI. Venegas and Kooyers fell to a duo from Wright State 8-5 and will play in the third place match on Saturday. Shideler and Bukowski posted an 8-5 win in the consolation draw and will play for fifth place. Litscher dropped his mixed match 8-3 in the semifinals, and will be in the third place match as well.

Play will conclude on Saturday beginning with the finals of doubles at 9 a.m. Singles play will begin approximately 10 a.m.