The sophomore pair of Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) brought home an impressive second place finish in doubles play at the ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships Tuesday.
The five-day tournament hosted by Indiana University was the culmination of the summer season, a term that saw a number of Crusaders make deep runs against some of the best competition in the country.
Schorsch and Emhardt earned a first-round bye by virtue of their #3 seed. The duo notched an 8-5 victory over the prep team of Max Kurzban/Karsonis. The Crusader pair advanced to the Round of 16 where they handed Wofford's Rob Galloway and David Sklar an 8-6 defeat.
Schorsch/Emhardt met Western Michigan's Andrew Cahn and Michigan State's Brett Forman in the quarterfinals where the Valpo duo registered a convincing 8-4 triumph.
Indiana's Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette challenged Schorsch/Emhardt in the semifinals. Home court advantage wasn't enough for the second-seeded Hoosier pair as Schorsch and Emhardt prevailed 8-3.
The fourth-seeded tandem of Notre Dame's Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor finally got to Valpo's marquee doubles team in the finals. Schorsch and Emhardt fell 8-6 in the Championship round Tuesday afternoon.
The Crusaders begin their fall season next month. The schedule will be released soon pending approval.