Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) won in both singles and doubles and Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) also picked up a singles victory but Valparaiso dropped a 5-2 decision to IPFW on Tuesday afternoon at the Dr. Rudy and Rhonda Kachmann Tennis Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Honert was a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victor over Daniel Kang at number two singles for the Crusaders while Whitmer posted a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Conner Andrews at fourth singles.
IPFW (11-8) won each of the other four singles contests in straight sets. Roberto Cabrini defeated Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) 6-2, 6-2 at the top of the order while Andres Cobos topped Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) 6-4, 6-1 at the third spot. Joao Freitas was a 6-0, 6-3 winner against Siddarth Metha (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) at fifth singles while Martin Muadi defeated Michael Woodson (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) 6-2, 6-2 at number six.
Honert and DeHerrera teamed for an 8-7 tie-break victory at second doubles against Freitas and Kang for Valpo’s lone doubles triumph. Cabrini and Andrews downed Baum and Whitmer 8-1 at the top spot while Cobos and Junya Saruta were 8-3 winners over Woodson and Evan Hart (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft H.S.) at third doubles.
Valparaiso (6-10) will return to action on Friday evening, battling Detroit. First serve is set for 6 p.m. CDT in the Motor City.