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Crusaders Play Host at Valparaiso Fall Invitational Friday, Saturday
Sophomore Michael Baiocchi opens the singles portion of the Fall Invitational against Olivet Nazarene's Peter Jensen at 1:15 pm on Friday.
Sophomore Michael Baiocchi opens the singles portion of the Fall Invitational against Olivet Nazarene's Peter Jensen at 1:15 pm on Friday.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Horizon League's up-and-coming men's tennis team returns home Friday for the opening of the Valparaiso Fall Invitational. The Crusaders are coming off 18 combined singles and doubles victories during last weekend's Purdue Invitational. Cardinal Stritch University, Chicago State, Goshen, Huntington University, and Olivet Nazarene University will all battle Valpo for bragging rights in the two-day event.

Play starts at 9 a.m. both days. Two rounds of doubles will be played Friday morning prior to a pair of singles rounds beginning at noon. On Saturday, one round of doubles will be held before two singles rounds.

There will be three singles flights (A, B, and C) of 16 players matched in a compass draw, and three doubles flights (also A, B, and C) of eight teams each, also in a compass draw. Each player will get three doubles and four singles matches.

Last year, Valpo won five of the six possible titles. Eric Honert defeated teammate Michael Savaglio in the finals of the A singles flight while Michael Baiocchi and Brian Hickey were champs of the B and C singles flights respectively. Baiocchi and Danny Oakes were winners of the B doubles flight and Savaglio and Egan Hart claimed the C doubles draw.

Drawings will be held for shirts throughout the event. T-shirts will also be available for sale both days.

Be sure to check Valpoathletics.com for the latest scores from this weekend's Fall Invitational.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler