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2014 Men's Tennis Schedule Released
Senior Eric Honert, the winningest singles player in program history, is the lone upperclassmen on a roster filled with promising youth.
Senior Eric Honert, the winningest singles player in program history, is the lone upperclassmen on a roster filled with promising youth.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The 2014 men's tennis schedule was released Wednesday morning.  

The Crusaders will open their spring season in just ten days with a doubleheader versus Indiana Wesleyan and Olivet Nazarene at the Courts of NWI at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm, respectively.

The 26-match slate, which features Big Ten powerhouses Purdue and Northwestern, represents one of the more ambitious ones in head coach Jim Daugherty's 27-year tenure. An at-large bid, Northwestern (22-10 in 2013) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago after dispatching Wake Forest in the opening round.

"We're very fortunate to have a balanced schedule. It's a good mix of mid-major schools and elite Division I tennis programs," Daugherty said.  

The calendar will present the young Crusaders with ample challenges. In addition to the Boilermakers and Wildcats, the Brown and Gold will square off versus DePaul and Notre Dame in the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Fighting Irish are the reigning Big East Champions coming off a 19-8 year.

Daugherty believes his club will be up to the test. "We feel we can be competitive in all of our matches," he remarked.

Five of the Crusaders' first six matches will be home contests. After the opening day doubleheader, Valpo will head to Butler prior to hosting Marian, Grace, and Dayton. 

The Crusaders will play host to South Dakota State on Sunday, Feb. 16th before taking to the road for over a month. Six neutral site tilts decorate Valpo's spring trip. Niagara, Robert Morris, St. Cloud, Monmouth, Creighton, and Quinnipiac all have dates with the Crusaders in Orlando. 

Horizon League play will kick off Saturday, Mar. 22nd as UIC comes to town. The Flames were picked to finish one slot below Valpo in the preseason coaches' poll.  The Crusaders will travel to Chicago to take on DePaul the following day before entertaining the Wright State Raiders on Saturday, Mar. 29th at the Courts of NWI.

April greets the Crusaders with five straight road matches including back-to-back tilts versus Green Bay and Detroit. The final weekend of the regular season sees Youngstown State and Cleveland State make the trip to Northwest Indiana on the 18th and 19th, respectively. 

The Horizon League Tournament will be held April 25th-27th in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The top six teams will reach the tournament, with the top two seeds receiving byes into the semifinals.

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