The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team defended its home courts in convincing fashion on Friday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. After downing Xavier 6-1 in the first match of the day, the Crusaders whitewashed Eastern Illinois 7-0 to boost their dual match record to 6-1 on the spring. Senior Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) became the first player in school history to reach 100 career doubles wins with his victory over Xavier.
The four Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors have been difference-makers from the moment they stepped foot on campus. The most successful class in program history worked its magic yet again on Sunday afternoon, serving as the driving force behind Valpo’s 4-3 comeback win over Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.
The good news just keeps coming for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis program. A day after sweeping the Horizon League’s weekly awards, Valpo received more positive attention as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its latest batch of Oracle/ITA collegiate singles and doubles rankings on Wednesday.
Valparaiso University men’s tennis player Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, his first individual Player of the Week honor this season. In addition, the Crusaders No. 3 doubles team of Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac. Wis. / Fond du Lac) and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) has been named the Horizon League Doubles Team of the Week.