Crusaders Continue Torrid Pace on Spring Trip
Freshman Charlie Emhardt won his eighth consecutive singles match Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Creighton's Harrison Lang. (Suzy Waak)

Crusaders Continue Torrid Pace on Spring Trip
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Creighton Bluejays men's tennis team was the latest victim of Valpo's blistering play. The Crusaders pitched their fourth shutout in a row, dispelling Creighton 4-0 Wednesday afternoon at the Star Island Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) blanked Nick Thompson/Harrison Lang at No. 3 doubles 8-0 right out of the gate. The doubles point went to Valpo after Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) handed Elliott Baker and August Nysted an 8-4 defeat at No. 2.

Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) were ahead 6-5 when doubles play was called after the Crusaders clinched the point.

In singles action, Baiocchi won in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 over Aaron Chalstrom. 

Valpo took a commanding 3-0 lead when Emhardt finished off his eighth singles win in a row at No. 5. The freshman dispatched Lang 6-1, 6-1.

Bacalla provided the exclamation point with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Baker at No. 2 singles. With Valpo having clinched the win, the match concluded. Their 12th win of the slate represents one more than they won all of last season.

The Crusaders (12-3) will wrap up their highly-productive spring trip with an 11:30 am ET/10:30 am CT tilt against Quinnipiac (5-4) of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. 

Schorsch will seek his record-setting 21st singles victory this season against Kei Ezaka (15-6).