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Crusader Freshmen Give Buckeyes a Handful at ITA Midwest Regionals
Head Coach Jim Daugherty saw two freshmen make the main draw at the ITA Midwest Regionals Friday. It marked the first time a Crusader ever won more than one match at the tournament.
Head Coach Jim Daugherty saw two freshmen make the main draw at the ITA Midwest Regionals Friday. It marked the first time a Crusader ever won more than one match at the tournament.

Friday, October 18, 2013

It was the closest one could possibly get to a David vs. Goliath on the tennis court Friday.

The 5'9'' freshman Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) challenged the 6'7'' fifth-year senior Peter Kobelt at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio in the first-round of the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regionals.

Bacalla had collected two wins yesterday in the qualifying bracket and one this morning to earn a spot in the main bracket alongside players from BCS stalwarts such as Ohio State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.

Kobelt, who possesses both a 140 mph serve and 93 career singles victories, was the highest-ranked player a Crusader had ever faced in school history.

And though the biblical tale didn't fully resurrect itself Friday afternoon in Central Ohio, a 6-3, 7-6 loss to the #3 player in the country spoke volumes about the 18-year old's play.

"Dave was outstanding. He set a new standard for Valpo Tennis today," head coach Jim Daugherty said.

Bacalla was up 5-3 in the second set before the Kobelt mounted a comeback to avoid a decisive third set. 

With the loss, Bacalla's singles record adjusted to 9-3.

Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) took a similar path to the main draw, except the freshman did not lose a set in the three matches he won en route to the big Field of 64. 

Like Bacalla, Schorsch drew an Ohio State Buckeye as he was met with Marko Goles-Babic, a highly-touted freshman out of Croatia. 

Schorsch went toe-to-toe with Goles-Babic before Schorsch fell 6-4, 6-4. Goles-Babic entered the match with the 17th seed.

There are few scenarios where a coach can find a healthy level of optimism and satisfaction after a loss. Friday afternoon represented one.

"Jeffrey played really, really well. This was a landmark day for our program. I think we proved we belong with anyone on the court," Daugherty said.

Yesterday marked the first time a Crusader has ever recorded more than one victory in the qualifying bracket at the ITA Midwest Regionals.

Because both Bacalla and Schorsch made the main draw, they will play in the consolation bracket tomorrow. 

Bacalla will face another Big Ten opponent tomorrow. Michigan State's John Patrick Mullane lost his first-round match to NIU's Axel Lagerlof which sets up a date with the Valpo rookie. Schorsch will challenge DePaul's Sten Leusink. Leusink was on the losing end of a straight set tilt with Northwestern's Sam Shropshire Friday evening.

The times of tomorrow's matches have yet to be determined.

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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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