The Valparaiso men's tennis team won its home opener Friday afternoon over IPFW, 6-1, at the Courts of NWI. The Crusaders' record improved to 2-0 while Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) and Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) moved into double-digit wins in the singles column, joining Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio/Poland).
"This was a great win. We got solid play from the beginning of the match to the end. We shut down a good team," head coach Jim Daugherty said.
The sophomore doubles tandem of Schorsch and Emhardt picked up a quick 6-1 win at No. 1 over Gerard Guell/Connor Andrews.
Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) and Gardner recorded the doubles point-clinching victory at No. 3 with a 6-4 result over Carlos Do Val and Karl Wangensten-Oye.
The Brown and Gold nearly registered a clean sweep in singles action.
Schorsch got things started with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph versus Daniel Cardenas at No. 2. He advanced to 10-3.
Valpo moved ahead 3-0 following Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North)'s 6-4, 6-3 win over Guell at No. 1.
The Brown and Gold secured the match after Emhardt put Cobos away with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles. Gardner expanded his winning streak to eleven matches thanks to a 6-3, 7-6 (1) finish over do Val at No. 4.
Savaglio rallied back against Andrews at No. 6. The junior lost the first set 2-6 before taking the final two sets, 6-2 and 6-4. He's now 10-4 in singles play.
Sophomore Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) dropped a back-and-forth contest at No. 5. IPFW's Karl Wangensten-Oye won the first set 6-3 before Dunn tallied a 7-5 second set win. Wangensten-Oye provided the Mastodons with their lone point by virtue of a 10-6 third-set tiebreak victory.
Valpo will be back out at The Courts of NWI Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm. IUPUI (1-6) looks to snap a three-match losing streak while the Crusaders aim to extend their winning streak to three.