VALPARAISO, Ind. - Senior Vlad Khudziy continued his winning ways this weekend at the Valparaiso University Fall Invitational where he claimed the Flight A singles championship.
His road to victory included a win over Olivet Nazarene’s Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (6-4, 7-5) before mounting impressive come-from-behind victories over Chicago State’s Sergiu (2-6, 6-3, 10-8) and Valpo’s Jeffrey Schorsch (1-6, 6-2, 10-5) to send him into the finals where he breezed by Valpo’s Eric Honert, 6-0, 6-3, for the title.
Diego Inurretigui made it to the semifinals in Flight B singles. He made quick work of Vasanth Palanisamy of Goshen, 6-1, 6-1, and Valpo’s Michael Baiocchi, 6-2, 6-3, before falling to Baiocchi’s teammate Kyle Dunn in a three-set thriller, 7-5, 3-6, 10-5.
Derek Hinen was the only other Forester to earn an opening round win in singles. The Columbia City native downed Cardinal Stritch’s Luis Ulloa, 7-6 (12), 6-4 before being ousted by Valpo’s Charlie Emhardt, 6-0, 6-2 in Flight C.
In doubles action, Inurretigui paired up with Joseph Straznicky to earn an 8-4 win over Goshen’s Kaasa/Ganesan. They went on to outlast Valpo’s Honert/Waak 9-7 before conceding to another Crusader duo in Dunn/Oakes, 8-3, in the finals of Flight B.
Khudziy and Jose Hungria teamed up in Flight A doubles where they advanced past Goshen’s Pirot/Perez, 8-2, before being knocked out by the Valpo duo of Bacalla/Emhardt 8-0.
After dropping their opening round to ONU’s Guimaraes/St. Clair, 9-7, Brenneman and Zakk Sparks went on to claim the Flight C consolation bracket title. The HU twosome received a bye before cruising to an 8-4 win over Goshen’s Ermoian/Harnish in the consolation championship.
The invitational marked HU’s last competition before the Crossroads League tournament.
When all the dust settled in the conference standings, HU along with Grace and Indiana Wesleyan finished with 7-1 league records and were deemed tri-champions. As a results of the three-way tie, the tiebreaker came down to total number of team points scored in dual matches.
Grace earned the #1 seed with 12 points followed by HU (9 points) and IWU (6 points). The No. 2-seeded Foresters will host #7 Taylor University in first round action of the Crossroads League tournament on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.