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Lau and Whitmer Earn Wins but Valpo Falls to Dayton
Adam Whitmer won at fifth singles today. (Ray Acevedo)
Adam Whitmer won at fifth singles today. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Valparaiso and Dayton played three three-set singles matches as well as a close doubles point, but in the end the Flyers defeated the Crusaders 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon in Griffith, Ind.

Dayton (7-15) struck first in a highly competitive doubles point.  Bryce Warnock and Austin Wiegand won the first match 8-6 at third doubles against Phidias Fortune (San Antonio, Texas/Madison H.S.) and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Shipshewana H.S.).  A tie-break then decided number two doubles.  Matt Sherman and Michael Koscielski downed Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) 9-8 (3).  First doubles was stopped when the doubles point was decided with Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) and Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) leading Michael Rhoana and David Peyton 8-7.

The Crusaders tied the match quickly in singles play as Whitmer took control of his fifth singles match in the second set on his way to a 6-4, 6-1 against Koscielski.  The Flyers responded with a straight sets victory at the third spot, as Warnock topped DeHerrera 6-2, 6-4.  Lau retied the match at two for Valpo with a win at the top of the lineup, needing a tie-break in the second set to win in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

The final three deciding matches all went three sets.  Dayton took the lead for good at sixth singles as Wiegand rallied after dropping the opening set to defeat Fortune 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.  The Flyers clinched the match at number four singles as Peyton also came back from a set down to defeat Stump 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-1.  The final match of the day saw Litscher rally from a set down against Warnock to force a third set, before falling 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. 

“Every player gave all they had today so I feel for them,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “It was a close competitive match throughout the lineup.”

Valparaiso (3-8) will continue its five-match homestand on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders return to Horizon League action, hosting UIC.  First serve is set for 3 p.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

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