Three freshmen and a sophomore recorded singles victories Tuesday in Valpo's 5-2 win over IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Crusaders improved to 15-5 on the season.
Valparaiso dropped a nail biter at No. 1 doubles as the pairing of Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North)/Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) fell in an 8-7 decision to the Mastodon duo of Daniel Kang/Andres Cobos.
Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) kept Valpo alive in doubles play with an 8-7 win at No. 2 over Martin Muadi/Gerard Guell.
With the doubles point up for grabs at No. 3, Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley)/Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) earned the tally for the Crusaders via an 8-7 defeat of Connor Andrews and Karl Wangensten-Oye.
After he racked up twelve straight wins at No. 6 singles, Emhardt was promoted to the fifth spot where he quickly rewarded head coach Jim Daugherty with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Andrews.
IPFW got on the board when Wangensten-Oye scored a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) at the aforementioned No. 6 hole.
The match was brought to a 2-2 tie after Guell mounted a rally of his own to record a 7-6, 6-1 victory over Honert at No. 3 singles.
With the tilt at a deadlock, the No. 1, 2, and 4 singles matches all went to three sets.
Bacalla outlasted Cobos 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 to put Valpo ahead 3-2. The Crusaders claimed the match at No. 1 when Schorsch defeated Kang 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Like Bacalla, sophomore Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) dropped the first set 6-1 before turning it on and taking the match in three sets 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The Crusaders (15-5, 1-1 Horizon) return to Horizon League play Saturday when they travel to Green Bay to face the Phoenix at 2:00 pm.