Khudziy wins title at Valpo tennis invite

Vlad Khudziy continued his winning ways during the Huntington University men's tennis team's stop at the Valparaiso University Fall Invitational on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, where the senior claimed the Flight A singles championship.

Khudziy's road to victory included a win over Olivet Nazarene's Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales, 6-4, 7-5, before mounting 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, 5-7, 6-3, 5-10.

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, 6-4, before being ousted by Valpo's Charlie Emhardt, 0-6, 2-6, 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, 0-8.

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.