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Crusader Men’s Tennis Continues Fall Season at Purdue
Egan Hart and the Crusaders opened the Purdue Invitational on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Egan Hart and the Crusaders opened the Purdue Invitational on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s tennis team continued its 2012 fall campaign on Friday in the first of three days of competition at the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Friday’s action saw players compete in one round of singles matches and two rounds of doubles action.  Junior Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) and freshman Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) represented the Crusaders in Flight A of singles play, falling 6-1, 6-2 to Green Bay’s Michael Tenzer and 6-2, 6-0 to Purdue’s Mark Kovacs, respectively.

In Flight B of singles, freshman Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) forced a tiebreak in his opening set, but eventually dropped a 7-6 (4), 6-3 decision to Ali Shabib of Cleveland State.  Also in Flight B, freshman Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) lost 6-1, 6-0 to Sten Leusink of DePaul.

The Crusaders had four players competing in Flight C of singles play.  Freshman Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) captured his opening set, but lost in three sets to Western Michigan’s Marc Shideler, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.  Freshman Daniel Etman (Highland Park, Ill./K12 International Academy) forced a first-set tiebreak before falling 7-6 (6), 6-2 to IUPUI’s Jacob Hedderig.  Freshman Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) lost 6-1, 6-2 to Toledo’s Nicky Wong, while Western Michigan’s Aaron Wong topped sophomore Egan Hart (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) by a 6-3, 6-2 score.

Doubles play saw Savaglio and Baiocchi team up against the nation’s 13th-ranked doubles pair in Purdue’s Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne, and while the rookie duo took one game, they eventually fell 8-1.  The freshman pair dropped a tight 8-6 decision to Toledo’s Francisco Stuardo and Grant Adams later in the day.  Also in Flight A of doubles, Honert and Oakes lost 8-4 to Shabib and Niklas Jonsson of Cleveland State and 9-7 to Purdue’s Arthur Dobradin and Evan Hawkins.

Due to byes, the Crusaders’ pair of duos in Flight B of doubles each played just one match on Friday.  Etman and Hickey dropped an 8-4 decision to Freddy Abunku and Zach Mueck of Xavier.  Meanwhile, Waak and Hart took on a mixed squad of Western Michigan’s Wong and Ruben Geeraert of Butler, falling 8-5.

Day two of the Purdue Invitational is slated for an 8 a.m. CDT start, with singles play opening the day.  Two rounds of singles and one round of doubles are scheduled for Saturday.

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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo