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2012 Men's Tennis Team Set to Take the Courts
Chris Baum went 6-2 for Valpo during the fall schedule. (Ray Acevedo)
Chris Baum went 6-2 for Valpo during the fall schedule. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, January 23, 2012

The 2012 spring tennis season opens for Valparaiso University with the Crusaders looking to move up the ranks in the Horizon League.  Head coach Jim Daugherty returns for his 27th season at the helm of the Brown and Gold and has a roster loaded with seniors on it this year.

Valpo looks to better last year’s 9-13 overall record which saw the Crusaders go winless in the Horizon League to finish in eighth place.  The Brown and Gold enters this year with the goal of returning to the conference tournament for the first time since 2010.

The Valpo lineup will see redshirt-junior Chris Baum battling with sophomore Eric Honert for a spot at the top of the order.  Both were impressive during the fall slate, winning a team-high six singles matches each.  Baum has already won 29 singles contests during his career with the Brown and Gold, playing mostly second singles last year.  Honert went 16-13 as a rookie, moving up from fifth singles to third by the end of last year.

Seniors Kevin DeHerrera and Adam Whitmer also have the potential to play at or near the top of the Valpo lineup.  DeHerrera is the Crusaders’ active leader with 36 career singles wins and has also posted 33 doubles triumphs during his first three plus years at Valpo.  He played third singles most of last year, a spot he looks to solidify again this season.  Whitmer has played as high as number one singles during his career with the Brown and Gold but saw action last year mostly at the fourth and fifth spots.  He shared the team lead in doubles this fall with Baum winning four contests.

The bottom spots of the Valpo lineup are up for grabs as the 2012 season unfolds.  Fifth-year seniors Michael Woodson, Siddarth Mehta, and Carlton Lyons will battle with freshman Egan Hart for the final two spots.

Woodson had a solid fall posting a 4-4 mark after playing well towards the end of last spring.  He won 10 matches one year ago and looks to conclude his career on a high note.  Mehta went 9-4 in 2010-2011 and will look for a greater opportunity to showcase his skills this year.  Lyons also finished last season over .500 in singles play.  Hart got his first taste of collegiate tennis this past fall, winning four singles matches.

The year kicks off on Saturday (Jan. 28) when the Crusaders head to Muncie, Ind. to battle Ball State in the first of 22 dual matches on the schedule this season.  The home opener indoors will take place two weeks later when Grace visits Matchpoint Tennis Club.  Valpo will also take to the road for matches at Dayton, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan while also battling IUPUI.

The annual spring trip to Florida will see the Crusaders play five matches in five days before returning home to battle in state rival Butler in the Horizon League opener.  Valpo will close the season with five straight home contests as well at the Valpo Tennis Complex, concluding with a match with UIC on April 21. 

With the abundance of seniors on this year’s roster, Valpo is poised to make a run in the Horizon League this year.  If all goes according to plan, the Crusaders will return to the Horizon League Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. April 27-29.

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