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Valpo Defeats IPFW for Third Straight Victory
Wednesday, April 05, 2006Valparaiso posted its third consecutive victory and sixth win in its last eight matches on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated IPFW 6-1 at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
The Crusaders opened strong in doubles play, sweeping all three matches in convincing fashion. Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) and Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) were 8-2 victors over Nabil Mourad Filho and Landry Nzudie at the top of the lineup while Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) and Dan Brunette (Carmel H.S. of Indianapolis) clinched the point with an 8-4 win over Nathan Jones and Daniel Jackson at third doubles. Lau and Brunette improved their doubles mark to 6-2 on the year with the win. Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) and Dave Bukowski (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect H.S.) completed the sweep with their 8-3 win over Carlos Gonzalez and Arturo Salgado in the second spot.
The Brown and Gold then took charge early in singles to secure the victory. Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) started things off with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mourad Filho at second singles and Kooyers notched a 6-1, 6-3 win at the top of the order against Nzudie to put Valpo on the brink of victory. Senior Evan Roller (Canton, Mich./Plymouth Salem H.S.), playing in his first match of the season, clinched the win with his 6-0, 7-6 (4) triumph over Jones at sixth singles.
Bukowski added a straight sets victory 6-1, 6-3 against Arturo Salgado at fifth singles to keep things rolling and Wagner added a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 10-2 win over Gonzalez in the third spot in a third set super tie-break. IPFW (8-12) earned its lone point at fourth singles as Hermann Kuschke rallied from a set down to defeat Shideler 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Valparaiso (6-8) will now head to Tulsa, Okla. to open Mid-Continent Conference action on Friday afternoon. The first of two league clusters will see the Crusaders open with Chicago State at 2 p.m.
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