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Valpo Men Drop Road Match at IUPUI
Tom Litscher posted both singles and doubles wins on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Tom Litscher posted both singles and doubles wins on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Despite winning the doubles point on Saturday evening, Valparaiso’s men’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to IUPUI at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

“I’m disappointed with tonight’s result,” head coach Jim Daugherty said.  “It’s a tough match to lose.  I thought we would be coming into the match a little more confident.  Instead we were a little off our game.” 

The Crusaders began by rallying to win the opening doubles point.  Kyle Stump (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth H.S.) and Arne Deihle (Reutlingen, Germany/Johannes Kepler H.S.) defeated Bren Vasalakis and Gregory Sosa 8-4 at third doubles to start the match.  IUPUI’s Nick Volz and Deon Shafer tied doubles with an 8-4 win over Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) and Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.).  Tom Litscher (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial H.S.) and Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.) rallied to defeat Daniel Klingenberg and Jorge Yunes in a tie-break 9-8 (4) to take the point.

“Number one doubles was definitely a positive today,” Daugherty added.  “We came from behind and rallied to win not only that match, but also the doubles point.”

IUPUI (1-6) won two three-set matches in singles play as well as two other sets in tie-breaks.  Litscher posted Valpo’s lone win, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Sosa at the third spot.  Shafer posted a 6-2, 7-6 (6) win for the Jaguars against Whitmer at the top of the order while Klingenberg was a 6-2, 7-6 (3) winner against Stump at two singles.  Volz downed Buam 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3 at the fourth spot while Yunes was a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victor against DeHerrera at number five.  Joel Modesitt topped Sidderth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) 6-1, 6-4 at sixth singles.

Valparaiso (1-3) will return to the courts next Saturday against the Rockets of Toledo. First serve is set for 7 p.m. CST in Toledo, Ohio.

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