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Valpo Men Ready for Fall Campaign
Tom Litscher and the Crusaders open the fall season this weekend.
Tom Litscher and the Crusaders open the fall season this weekend.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

            A young Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is set to take the court the 2008 fall campaign.  Head coach Jim Daugherty returns four players from last year’s squad, but has just one junior and one senior to lead the way.  In his 24th season at the helm of the Brown and Gold, he will look for the fall results to help settle on a lineup this spring void of three regulars from a year ago.

            Senior Alex Lau will lead the Crusaders at the top of the lineup.  A year ago, Lau won a team-high 12 singles matches for Valpo, splitting time at the number one and number two spots in the order.  He also won a team-leading 11 doubles contests on the season and the Crusaders will look to his leadership this fall.  Lau enters his senior season with 43 singles victories.

            Junior Tom Litscher will need to step up in the order to help the Brown and Gold obtain success.  Playing fourth singles a year ago, Litscher won six singles contests, ending the season with two straight victories.  Litscher teamed with Lau at number two doubles where the duo combined for 10 wins.

            A trio of sophomores have a year’s experience now and will be called upon to make more of an impact this year.  Kyle Stump finished second on the team in wins as a rookie with 11, including a 9-9 mark at sixth singles.  Stump had the team’s best record in Horizon League action, going 4-2.  He also played third doubles for a majority of the year, winning nine contests with Dan Brunette, who graduated at the end of the year.

            Phidias Fortune got a taste of collegiate tennis a year ago as well.  Fortune went 4-4 in singles play, seeing action during two dual matches as well as playing in fall tournaments.  He also played in several doubles matches throughout the year.

            Daugherty has three newcomers to the squad this season that he hopes can step in and contribute right away.  Kevin DeHerrera went 60-18 during his high school career combined in singles and doubles and was a four-time Jefferson County League champion for Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo.  Adam Whitmer was a Second Team All-State player in singles as a senior for Westview High School in Shipshewana, Ind.  He posted a 90-12 prep singles record, including a 19-1 mark as a senior.  Carlton Lyons also joins the program this fall.  He did not play tennis last season while attending Valpo, but has four years of eligibility remaining after arriving from Clay High School in South Bend, Ind.

            While Daugherty has a youthful team for the upcoming season, he has scheduled three different tournaments for the fall in order to allow everyone a chance to play and position themselves for a set lineup come spring.  The fall campaign will open September 19-21 at the Bradley Invitational before the Crusaders will host the Valpo Fall Classic September 26-27.  The final full team event is the Ball State Fall Invitational to be held in Muncie, Ind. October 3-5.  A select few players will wrap up fall play at the ITA Regional Championships in mid-October.

            The fall season will be a good time for the Crusaders to showcase their abilities to Coach Daugherty in an effort to earn a spot in the lineup during the spring campaign.  Challenging tournaments lie ahead, but the young Valpo squad should be up to the challenge.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo