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Men's Tennis Opens Spring Trip with 5-2 Win over Niagara
Sophomore Michael Baiocchi downed Niagara's Mathieu Lacasse 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 singles Saturday morning in Orlando, Florida. (Suzy Waak)
Sophomore Michael Baiocchi downed Niagara's Mathieu Lacasse 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 singles Saturday morning in Orlando, Florida. (Suzy Waak)

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Valpo continued its strong play at the top and bottom of singles play in a decisive 5-2 decision over Niagara Saturday morning at the Star Island Resort in Orlando, Florida.

With the win, the Crusaders improved to 8-3 on the spring season.

The No. 1 doubles team of Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) boosted their tandem record to 8-2 via an 8-3 defeat of Niagara's Olivier Dufour-Coursol/David Raymond.

The Purple Eagles' pair of Mathieu Lacasse and Lorenz Schwojer got past Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) and Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) at No. 3 doubles with an 8-5 decision.

The freshman duo of Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg)/Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) outlasted Michael Elortegui and Inaki Belloso 8-6 at No. 2 to seize the team doubles' point. Emhardt and Schorsch have now won five consecutive doubles tilts.

The Crusaders exploded out of the gate in singles play with four straight-set victories. Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) easily handled Lacasse at No. 6 singles. The sophomore won 6-0, 6-3.

Schorsch moved into a tie with Alex Lau for the 4th most singles victories in a season with a 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) win over David Raymond at No. 1 singles.

Bacalla provided the match-clinching point for Valparaiso at No. 2 singles thanks to a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Dufour-Coursol. Bacalla is now 16-5, which moved him into the Top 10 for singles victories in a season.

Emhardt added a tight victory, outlasting Lorenz Schwojer 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 5 singles. 

In No. 3 singles play, Niagara's Eloretegui got the Purple Eagles on the board with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 victory over Honert. Valpo's Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) was edged out by the thinnest of margins at No. 4 singles, dropping a 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 14-12 marathon match.

Valparaiso will play two matches tomorrow at the Star Island Resort. The Crusaders will square off against Robert Morris at 8:30 am. The Colonials (0-4) are in search of their first win of the spring slate. After their morning affair with RMU, the Brown and Gold will face St. Cloud State (5-5) at 4:00 pm.