Valpo Men Fall to Green Bay in Horizon League Opener
Tom Litscher earned Valpo's lone point on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valpo Men Fall to Green Bay in Horizon League Opener
Saturday, March 20, 2010

Despite numerous close matches, Valparaiso came up on the short end of a 6-1 decision against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League opener for both schools.

Green Bay (9-5, 1-0 Horizon) earned the day’s point, winning two of the three doubles contests.  Valpo’s Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) and Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) got the Crusaders going, winning the first doubles match at the third spot, 8-3, against Marko Skoric and Matt Clegg.  The Phoenix evened doubles after winning at the second spot as Paul Swanson and Henning Jess topped Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) by an 8-5 score.  Green Bay then won the decisive one doubles match in a tie-break, 9-8 (2), as Fabian Gogolin and Josh Oothoudt defeated Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) and Arne Diehle (Reutlingen, Germany/Johannes Kepler H.S.).

“We got off to a good start in both singles and doubles today,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “Maintaining momentum has been the hardest part for us.”

Litscher picked up Valpo’s lone singles win, a 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 decision against Oothoudt at number four, but by that time the match had been decided.  Clegg picked up the Phoenix’s second point with a ­6-0, 6-2 win over Baum while Swanson was a 6-4, 6-1 winner against Stump at number two.  Gogolin clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph against Whitmer at the top of the order.  Jess added a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 decision against Diehle at five while Skoric topped DeHerrera 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 at the bottom of the lineup.

“Despite the tough loss, I sense we’ll do better at managing the momentum of close matches as we move along in the season,” Daugherty concluded.

Valparaiso (2-9, 0-1) will return to the courts on Friday evening, taking on the Titans of Detroit in Detroit, Mich.  First serve is slated for 6 p.m. CDT.