The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team saw its quest for a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth come up one win short with a 4-1 loss to Drake on Saturday afternoon at Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colo. The match was closer than the final score would indicate as the two singles matches that went unfinished and the final matchup to reach completion were all tightly contested. The Crusaders (9-11) gave the Summit League regular season champion Bulldogs all they could handle in a well-played championship match.
Thrilling victories in league tournament matches have become nothing out of the ordinary for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis program. The Crusaders are back in a league championship match for the fourth consecutive season after a heart-stopping 4-3 victory over four-time defending Summit League champion Denver on Friday night at Gates Tennis Center in Colorado. Sophomore Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) played the role of hero, coming from down 5-1 to take a pressure-packed third set, snapping a 3-3 deadlock and igniting Valpo’s celebration.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis program will keep the bulk of its team intact with only one senior set to walk across the stage at next month’s graduation. But the lone senior is one who will leave behind a lasting legacy on Valpo tennis. Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) was recognized by head coach Jim Daugherty on Saturday during a 4-3 Senior Day win over the University of Chicago, a team ranked third nationally in Division III.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team closed out regular season Summit League action on Saturday evening with a 6-1 loss to first-place Drake at Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The Crusaders finished at 4-2 in league play and have secured a spot in the upcoming Summit League Tournament.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team upped its record to 4-1 in Summit League action on Friday, rattling off its fourth straight win by beating South Dakota State 5-2 at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. The Crusaders won on four of the six singles courts and two of the three doubles courts.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team sustained its Summit League success on Wednesday night by edging Omaha 4-3 at Miracle Hill Tennis Center in Omaha, Neb. The lower portion of the Valpo lineup came through in a big way, as wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles and No. 4, 5 and 6 singles carried the Crusaders to the narrow triumph.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team won its second consecutive Summit League Player of the Week honor as the league bestowed its weekly award upon junior Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) on Tuesday.