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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.

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