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Trio of Freshmen Advance to Singles Championship Round at River Forest
The Crusaders enter Saturday's River Forest Collegiate Invitational with three players in the Championship round.
The Crusaders enter Saturday's River Forest Collegiate Invitational with three players in the Championship round.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Freshmen Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg), Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill/Niles North), and Kyle Dunn (Fon du Lac, Wis./Fon du Lac) wasted no time making a name for themselves in their first collegiate tennis matches. The triumvirate each won their opening round match in straight sets Friday at the River Forest Collegiate Invitational in River Forest, Illinois.

Schorsch downed Youngstown State's Sebastian Hagn 6-2, 6-4 before beating Butler's Austin Woldmoe 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 in a wild third-set tiebreaker. Schorsch will face Belmont's Marko Lovrinovic on Saturday for the Championship in the #2 singles flight. 

Bacalla made quick work of Belmont's Martijn Verberne 6-4, 6-0 in their morning match. Bacalla followed that victory with a well-earned win over Butler's Brandon Woods. In a contrast of the opening match, Bacalla and Woods went back and forth with the Valpo freshman rallying back to win the second set 7-5 after dropping the first set 6-4. Bacalla prevailed 10-6 in the third set tiebreaker to arrange a date with Northern Illinois' Matt Lynch in the Championship match in the #5 singles section.

Dunn defeated UIC's Eric Pontow 6-3, 6-4 for his first collegiate victory. NIU's Carlos Mansanas awaited Dunn in the semifinals of the #6 singles flight. Dunn remained patient as he scrapped out a 6-3, 7-5 straight set victory. The freshman will take on Butler's Tommy Marx on Saturday in the Championship round.

Meanwhile, Valpo's No. 1 singles player Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) dropped his first two matches of the 2013-14 season Friday. Baiocchi fell 6-4, 6-1 to Butler's Pulok Bhattacharya in the opening round before losing to Ji Hoon Heo of Morehead State 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). 

Senior Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) was beaten by UIC's Isaac Lloveras in a tight match 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 at No. 3 singles. In the No. 4 singles flight, sophomore Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) downed Nishaad Balachandran of Saint Louis University 6-3, 6-4 in their opening match before dropping the semifinal tilt 6-4, 6-3 to Butler's Sam O'Neill.

In doubles play, Valpo's No. 1 team of Dave Bacalla and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) couldn't get past Belmont's duo of Mauricio Antun and Marko Lovrinovic. The Bruin pair took the match 8-5.

However, the other two Crusader teams did advance in their respective rounds.

Honert and Schorsch beat Morehead State's Gabriel Ruiz and Giovanni Samaha 8-4. Honert and Schorsch will see NIU's No. 2 team of Fred Cadieux and Simon Formont on Saturday.

The No. 3 team comprised of sophomores Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) and Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill/Saint Charles North) had no trouble with Youngstown State's Max Schmerin and Victor Theorin, dispatching them 8-1. NIU's Jake Lynch and Jovan Zeljovic await the Valpo pair in tomorrow's semifinals.

An exhibition singles draw at No. 7 was held as well. Waak beat out fellow teammate Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) 8-4 in the semifinals after both were victorious in their first matches. Waak will challenge Butler's Alex Woldmoe in the final of that bracket. Emhardt moved into the consolation final after dropping his opening round match. 

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo