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Crusaders Open Spring Season on Day 1 of Boilermaker Invitational
Siddarth Mehta went three sets against Western Michigan. (Ray Acevedo)
Siddarth Mehta went three sets against Western Michigan. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Valparaiso opened the 2010 spring tennis season on Saturday, competing in the first day of the Boilermaker Invitational held in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Crusaders opened tournament action in singles facing host Purdue in six matches.  Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) played at the top of the lineup, falling 6-1, 6-2 to P.J. Rose.  Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) played a close match at the second spot against Slaviko Bijelica before losing 6-3, 6-4.  Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.), competing as a Crusader for the first time, dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision against Eric Ramos at number three.  At the fourth spot, Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) fell 6-4, 6-2 against Paul Foley while Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) lost 6-3, 6-0 to Matt Manassee.  At sixth singles, Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) suffered a 6-2, 6-2 setback against the Boilermakers’ Thomas Wilson.

In doubles play, the Crusaders top two teams faced Ohio State while the third team battled a duo from Purdue.  The Buckeyes’ Dino Marcan and Balazs Novak downed Litscher and Stump 8-2 at number one doubles while Mike O’Connell and Steven Williams topped Whitmer and DeHerrera 8-1.  Baum and Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) dropped an 8-2 match against Purdue’s Jan-Frans Engelbrecht and Billy Heur.

Mehta then faced Western Michigan’s Brad Noel in a singles contest, forcing a tie-break for the third set before suffering a 6-0, 1-6, 10-4 setback.

Valpo faced Eastern Kentucky in the second singles contest of the day, picking up several sets wins, but was unable to win a match.  Litscher, again at the top spot, fell to Alex Das Izquierdo 6-1, 6-2 while Whitmer dropped a 7-6 (6), 6-4 contest against Hugo Klientovsky at number two.  Parul Verma was a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victor over Baum at third singles while Carlos Pons beat Stump 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 in a tie-break for the third set.  Phil Janz downed DeHerrera 6-4, 6-2 at number five while Emilio Perez topped Woodson 6-3, 6-1 at the bottom of the lineup.

“I think the theme with both singles matches was that we competed until the middle or end of sets, but against Purdue let them slip away,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “Against Eastern Kentucky we were better, and won a couple of the sets.  We just need to get tougher.  Overall we’re competing well for this time of year though, and it is something we can build on.”

Valparaiso will return to the courts on Sunday morning to complete the final day of play at the Boilermaker Invitational.  The day’s matches begin at 8 a.m. CST.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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