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Crusader Men Fall at #75 Western Michigan Saturday
Adam Whitmer dropped his match at number one singles. (Ray Acevedo)
Adam Whitmer dropped his match at number one singles. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Valparaiso played its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season on Saturday afternoon, and was defeated by #75 Western Michigan 7-0 at the West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“Despite the score, we fought to the bitter end and there was a lot of team support today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “It was a team effort overall against the toughest team we’ve faced all year.  This matched really pulled us together in many ways. 

The Broncos swept all six singles matches in straight sets and won all three doubles contests.

Western Michigan (5-0) opened the match with three 8-4 victories in doubles play.  Zeyad Montasser and Casey Cullen downed Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) and Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) at the top of the lineup while Michael Colderone and Brad Noel defeated Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) at number two.  Thomas Calderone and Pablo Olivarez topped Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) and Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) at the third spot.

In singles action, Noel defeated Baum 6-2, 6-2 at number three to start the scoring before Whitmer fell to Michael Colderone 6-1, 6-4 at the top spot.  Olivarez clinched the match at the second spot with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Litscher.  Montasser added a 6-3, 6-2 win against DeHerrera at fourth singles while Thomas Calderone topped Woodson 6-2, 6-4 at the sixth spot.  Michael Basha defeated Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) 6-4, 6-4 in the final match of the day at fifth singles, which also turned out to be the closest.

“Our level of play has definitely gone up since the beginning of year, especially in doubles” Daugherty added.  “We gave a great effort against a good team and we will be able to take a few things from this match that we will be able to improve upon.”

Valparaiso (1-2) will return to the courts next Saturday evening in Indianapolis, Ind. with a 5:30 p.m. CST match against IUPUI.

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M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
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Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
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Apr 18 Valpo 11
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Apr 19 CCD
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M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 26
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Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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Apr 26
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27
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Apr 27
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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