In a bracket which saw nearly 3,500 total votes cast over four rounds of voting, 16 of the top moments and achievements over the last year have been pared down to just one, as the men’s tennis victory over UIC at the Horizon League Championship has been tabbed the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2013-2014 season.
Freshmen doubles team went 21-1 this past spring, earning the pair a #10 Midwest ranking in Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) year-end polls. The top-10 ranking represents the first in program history.
Bowling and men's tennis both scored convincing wins in the semifinals of Valpo Athletics' Best of 2013-2014. The two programs will now meet in the Championship Round with the polls now open! Cast your vote to determine the winner of this inaugural contest!
Fifteen student-athletes across five sports were recognized by the league office Wednesday. Men's golf led the way for Valpo with four representatives, while baseball, and men's and women's outdoor track and field each boasted three.
Garrett Gardner and Chase Hamilton have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2014-15 season. Gardner is a four-star recruit, while Hamilton is a four-sport athlete.
A 2013-14 season that saw marked improvement from the Brown and Gold came to a close Saturday evening following a 4-0 loss to Green Bay in the semifinals of the Horizon League Conference Tournament held at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center.
Valpo won a thrilling match at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor on Friday evening. Dave Bacalla won 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in the decisive singles match at No. 2 for the 4-3 victory. The Crusaders will face the No. 1 seeded Green Bay Phoenix Saturday at 3:00 pm ET/2:00 pm CT.
Jeffrey Schorsch was selected to First Team in addition to being chosen as Freshman of the Year; fellow freshman Dave Bacalla was named Second Team at the Horizon League Awards Banquet Thursday Night in Ann Arbor.
Crusaders conclude the regular season 18-8 overall, 3-3 in Horizon League play after Cleveland State took a 5-2 decision Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Brown and Gold wrapped up the 4th overall seed in the process.
As part of Valparaiso University’s “Proud to Be Valpo” Day of Giving last week, the athletics department held the first-ever Athletics Alumni Challenge, and the response was tremendous, as 325 former Valpo student-athletes donated upwards of $41,000 to the athletics department. The football and men’s tennis programs each won a $5,000 challenge grant, boasting the greatest number of alumni to make a gift and the highest percentage of alumni to make a gift, respectively.
Freshman Charlie Emhardt recorded singles wins at No. 4 and 5 this week in addition to winning his 15th and 16th consecutive doubles matches alongside teammate Jeffrey Schorsch. Emhardt is 21-4 in singles play and 23-5 in doubles action this season. The honor is Emhardt's second of the year.
Valpo battled the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana before falling 6-1. Charlie Emhardt claimed the lone point for the Brown and Gold at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 7-5, over ND's Alex Lawson.
A tight battle in doubles play for the Valparaiso men’s tennis team went the way of Green Bay Saturday afternoon, and the Crusaders were unable to make up the deficit in singles action, falling to the Phoenix 6-1 in a Horizon League match in Green Bay, Wis.
Men's tennis freshman Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and softball junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of March.
Freshman Charlie Emhardt collected his 19th doubles win Saturday, a new single-season watermark. But Wright State secured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3, which was the difference in the Raiders' 4-3 decision over Valpo.
Freshman Charlie Emhardt won his 11th consecutive singles match Sunday at DePaul, but Valpo dropped its first match in the month of March. The Crusaders return to The Courts of NWI Saturday to face Horizon League foe Wright State at 2 pm CT.
Valpo men's tennis earned its first win in Horizon League play since Apr. 17th, 2010 thanks to a 7-0 defeat of UIC at The Courts of NWI Saturday. As a team, the Crusaders have won 39 straight points over opponents in the last six matches.
Bacalla went 2-0 at No. 2 singles and also recorded a win at No. 1 doubles. He defeated Creighton's Elliott Baker 6-2, 6-3 in singles play on Wednesday before rallying back on Thursday to overthrow Quinnipiac's Eric Ambrosio 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 to complete Valpo's 6-0 spring trip in Orlando, Florida.
Freshman Jeffrey Schorsch defeated Quinnipiac's Kei Ezaka Thursday 6-3, 6-1 for his 21st singles victory, a new Valparaiso men's tennis single season record. The Crusaders (13-3) leave Florida after a perfect 6-0 week.
Men's tennis notched its fifth straight win and fourth straight shutout with a 4-0 win over Creighton (7-3). With the victory, the 2013-14 Crusaders have already surpassed their win total from a year ago.
Valpo improves to 11-3 on the season after a 7-0 win over the Fighting Scots. Both Eric Honert (No. 2) and Brian Hickey (No. 6) won 6-0, 6-0 as the Crusaders won their fourth match in a row at the Star Island Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Freshman named Men's Tennis Player of the Week for second time in the last three weeks. Schorsch went 3-0 at No. 1 singles and 3-0 in doubles play with teammate Charlie Emhardt. Schorsch is currently tied for the most singles victories in a season in program history with 20.
Valpo blows by Robert Morris 7-0 in the morning before blanking St. Cloud State 7-0 in the evening match in Orlando; Jeffrey Schorsch won his 20th singles match of the spring, tying Nic Kooyers and Eric Honert for the most singles victories ever in a season.
Crusaders maintain break-neck pace at No. 1, 2, 5, 6 singles with victories over the Purple Eagles in a 5-2 team triumph; Brown and Gold claim doubles point with wins at No. 1, 2 as they open play at the Star Island Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Freshman extended his winning streak to six matches after beating Western Michigan and #29 Northwestern's No. 1 singles players. Schorsch's 17 wins have him currently in a tie for 5th all-time for singles victories in a season at Valparaiso.
Jeffrey Schorsch outlasted #93 Ricky Medinilla at No. 1 singles; Charlie Emhardt downed Boilermakers' Lucas Dages in straight sets at No. 6 singles as Crusaders dropped a tight 5-2 match versus 75th-ranked Purdue in West Lafayette Saturday.
Crusaders blank Dayton 5-0 as Schorsch and Bacalla record 13th wins; freshman quartet improves to 45-14 through first 59 decisions. Valpo advances to 5-1 ahead of showdown with #75 Purdue next Saturday.
Head coach Jim Daugherty says team is up to test of 26-match schedule; Purdue, Northwestern, DePaul, Notre Dame highlight non-conference slate. Season opens Jan. 25 with doubleheader versus Indiana Wesleyan, Olivet Nazarene.
Valparaiso men's tennis freshman Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and volleyball senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of October.
Pitted against the third-ranked player in the country at the ITA Midwest Regionals, freshman Dave Bacalla dropped the first set 6-3 before taking Ohio State's Patrick Kobelt to a second set tiebreaker. OSU's Marko Goles-Babic edged Jeffrey Schorsch in a highly-competitive 6-4, 6-4 tilt.
Schorsch records third straight set win in a row; Bacalla outlasts Western Michigan's Michael Treis in three sets. The two advance as qualifiers into the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regionals where they'll play a pair of Ohio State Buckeyes. Bacalla will face Peter Kobelt, the #3 player in the country, while Schorsch will battle Marko Goles Babic at noon.
The freshman won four matches in straight sets to capture the C Singles flight at the Valparaiso Fall Invitational. Emhardt also teamed up with Dave Bacalla to take the A Doubles flight at last weekend's tournament.
The Brown and Gold welcome Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, Goshen, Huntington, and Olivet Nazarene to the Valpo Tennis Complex this weekend for the Valparaiso Fall Invitational. Doubles play gets underway Friday morning at 9 a.m. with singles action kicking off at noon. Champions in A, B, and C flights will be crowned Saturday evening.
Bacalla maintains perfect start with 6-1, 6-1 win over Wright State's Joblin; Schorsch, Honert, Emhardt, Savaglio, Waak also score straight set victories in opening round singles matches at Purdue Invitational.
Crusaders begin the fall portion of their schedule Friday at the River Forest Invitational in River Forest, Illinois. Eric Honert, the lone upperclassman, will guide a promising crop of young talent into a new season that will make its mark on the records book.
The Valparaiso men’s and women’s golf teams will play over six weekends apiece this fall, while the men’s tennis team will compete four times and the women’s tennis team three times as the Crusaders released fall 2013 schedules for all four sports Friday afternoon.