Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Valparaiso University has accepted an invitation to join the Summit League as an affiliate member in men’s tennis and men’s swimming beginning with the 2017-2018 academic and athletic year. Valparaiso was a founding member of the Summit League, then known as the Mid-Continent Conference, in 1982 and competed in the conference until 2007.
After Thursday’s dramatic victory in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Tournament, Valparaiso University men’s tennis players Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt kept blood pressures at normal levels on Friday afternoon by cruising their way to a straight sets victory in the Round of 32 in Athens, Ga.
Based on the ITA National Rankings, Thursday’s win in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Tournament was another upset victory for Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt. But by this point in their careers, nobody is surprised when the Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors emerge victorious on a big stage against a high-level opponent.
Valparaiso University men’s tennis seniors Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) may have already walked across the stage at Sunday’s graduation, but the most accomplished doubles players in school history have not yet finished writing the final chapter of their storied Crusader careers.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis made sure to enjoy its second consecutive Horizon League title and clinching an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after doing so for the first time in program history a year ago.