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.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis match on Sunday afternoon was not for the faint of heart, as the Crusaders pulled out a nerve-inducing 4-3 victory over William & Mary. Charlie Emhardt clinched the match with a come-from-behind win at No. 3 singles, allowing the Crusaders (3-1) to latch down a dual match win that veteran head coach Jim Daugherty ranked among the best in program history.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team opened up the home portion of its dual season with a 7-0 triumph over instate rival Butler on Friday afternoon at the Courts of Northwest Indiana. The Crusaders rebounded from a tightly-contested loss to Wisconsin last week to up their dual match record to 2-1.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team gave Big Ten foe Wisconsin all it could handle on Saturday, but the Badgers pulled out a 4-3 victory in Madison, Wis. Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg), Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) all posted singles wins for the Crusaders, who drop to 1-1 on the season.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team wasted no time collecting its first Horizon League honors of the spring, as the Crusaders swept the league’s weekly awards after Saturday’s 7-0 win over Toledo in the first dual match of the season.
The calendar may say it’s a new year, but the narrative was a familiar one for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team as the Crusaders opened the season on Saturday afternoon. The defending Horizon League champions went on the road and dispatched Toledo 7-0 to start the campaign on a winning note.