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A Day of Firsts
Eric Honert won the decisive match in three sets in Monday's season opener
Eric Honert won the decisive match in three sets in Monday's season opener
Chris Baum won in convincing fashion, 6-1 and 6-3
Chris Baum won in convincing fashion, 6-1 and 6-3

Monday, January 21, 2013

The final coat of paint had yet to dry at the Courts of NWI before Eric Honert and the Valparaiso Crusaders made a splash of their own.

Located just across from the newly constructed Porter County Hospital on Highway 49, the indoor facility is home to the Crusaders until the weather allows the team to break out of its hibernation.  The large inflatable bubble opened its doors just late last week.

And Valpo threw quite the housewarming party.

The freshman doubles tandem of Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wisc./Mary D. Bradford H.S.) and Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S.) made quick work of Brandon Meeker and Mitch Granger 8-1.  The Leathernecks fought back to even the doubles count when Christoph Haertel and freshman Bradley Holt won an exhausting match over Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S. [North Carolina State]) and Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North H.S.) 8-6.  

The turning point of the day was the decisive match for the one doubles point.  Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley H.S.) and Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli H.S.) found themselves in a 7-3 hole.  With Ben Yue and Patrick Hammers needing just one game to take the doubles point, the Valpo duo rallied to take the next four games sending it to a tiebreaker.  With considerable momentum on their side, the pair took the tiebreaker 7-2.  

Baum hastily dispatched Yue in singles play 6-1, 6-3 to give the Crusaders a 2-0 match lead.  Granger put the Leathernecks on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Waak.  

The highly athletic and promising Holt evened the match at 2-2 with his 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Savaglio at No. 3 singles.  

Freshman Max Cederkall gave the Leathernecks its first lead of the match beating fellow freshman Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) 6-2, 6-3.  

Down 3-2, the Crusaders put their hopes on the shoulders of Baiocchi and Honert.

Baiocchi and Hammers engaged in a fiery match at No. 2.  Going back and forth for much the match, Baiocchi prevailed over the senior 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.  

All eyes then turned towards the winner-take-all No. 1 match between Honert and Haertel.   

Honert took the first set 7-6 (7-4).  As was the theme all day, Haertel came back in the second set 7-5 to push it to the third set.

Honert won the war of attrition taking the third set 6-0 and giving the Crusaders a 4-3 match victory.  

Valpo is now 1-0 on the young season.  Meanwhile, the Leathernecks moved to 1-2.

Valpo resumes play Saturday versus Grace College and Chicago State at the Courts of NWI.  The matches are slated for 10:00 am and 3:00 pm respectively.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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