13 Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had four honorees from the outdoor season, while the women’s squad had three honorees. Three baseball players earned Academic All-League accolades, while softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis each had one recipient apiece.
Senior Jeffrey Schorsch has been invited to play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Oracle Masters Invite held in Malibu, California from October 13th-16th. The exclusive 32-member tournament features the top returning player from each Division I athletic conference.
The Valpo men's tennis team's impressive, muscle-flexing campaign came to a close Saturday at Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Illinois, but not before it made the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats sweat out a 4-1 win. Charlie Emhardt downed Fedor Baev at No. 4 singles by a score of 6-2, 7-5. In doing so, the junior made Valpo the first Horizon League team to avoid a shutout in the NCAA Tournament since 1994.
Owners of a 12-match winning streak, the Valpo men's tennis team couldn't be riding any higher entering the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders, who posted shutouts in both tilts en route to the Horizon League title, meet the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday at 1 pm CT.
The Valpo men's tennis team won't have far to travel for its opening match of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders learned Tuesday they'll make the short trip over to Evanston, Illinois to take on the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. The two teams last met on February 23rd, 2014.
Come join the Valpo men's tennis team Tuesday afternoon for a viewing party as the Crusaders learn their destination for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The gathering begins at 4:00 p.m. inside the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC) classroom. Food will be served. The men's selection show begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
The Valpo men's tennis team's 2015-16 season reached its climax Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Green Bay in the title match of the Horizon League Championship. The win vaults the Crusaders into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In the process, the Brown and Gold set a school record for victories in a season with 22.
The Valpo men's tennis team scored a convincing 4-0 victory over Cleveland State in Saturday's Horizon League Championship semifinal match at Preston Robert Tisch Building in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Valpo registered straight-set victories at three singles flights after seizing the doubles point to catalog its 21st win of the season. The Brown and Gold will face the victor of the Green Bay/NKU match slated for 6 pm ET/5 pm CT.
As the Horizon League Men's Tennis Championship gets underway in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Crusaders arrive with a target on their back. Valpo went 6-0 during the league portion of the season, with its tightest match resulting in a 5-2 road win. All-League selections Jeffrey Schorsch, Chad Kissell, and Charlie Emhardt lead the Brown and Gold into Saturday's semifinal showdown with Cleveland State.
Five Valpo men's tennis players earned Horizon League postseason accolades at the league's awards banquet Thursday evening in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Junior Jeffrey Schorsch repeated as Player of the Year while newcomer Chad Kissell was recognized as Freshman of the Year. Furthermore, Jim Daugherty received his first Coach of the Year nod, Charlie Emhardt was named a Second Team All-League selection, and Garrett Gardner was graced with the Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award.
Junior Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League's Men's Tennis Player of the Week Monday, his fourth such accolade of the spring season. Schorsch rolled to two victories at No. 1 singles and another at No. 1 doubles this past weekend as the Crusaders closed out the regular season with a 20-5 record and the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League Championship beginning this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A long and winding regular season reached its apex Sunday afternoon for the Valpo men's tennis team. The Crusaders rode a wave of momentum from doubles play into an overwhelming 7-0 victory over visiting Cleveland State at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The triumph swelled the Brown and Gold's winning streak to ten matches and capped off both a 13-0 home slate and a 6-0 mark in Horizon League play.
Valpo's third straight 6-1 victory secured at least a share of its first-ever Horizon League regular season crown Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Crusaders rolled through doubles play before Charlie Emhardt's 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles provided the clincher.
The Valpo men's tennis team continued its run of supremacy Sunday morning at the Titan Tennis Courts in Detroit, Michigan. The Crusaders defeated the host Titans 6-1 to boost their overall record to 18-5 including a 4-0 mark in Horizon League play.
The Valpo men's tennis maintained two winning streaks Friday in a 6-1 victory over UIC. The Crusaders improved their home record to 11-0 while pushing their Horizon League record to 3-0. Chad Kissell and Kyle Dunn were both winners in singles and doubles.
A two-time boys' tennis singles champion from the Sooner State inked a financial aid agreement with Valparaiso University on Friday. Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla./Ponca City) signed his name on the dotted line today, a logistical move that puts him one step closer to donning the Brown and Gold this upcoming fall as a freshman.
The Valpo men's tennis team's quest for a Horizon League Championship took a critical step Saturday by knocking off Green Bay on its home court. The Crusaders won the doubles point before collecting victories at No. 1, 3, 4, and 6 singles to defeat the defending-champion Phoenix at the Western Racquet & Fitness Club in Wisconsin.
Jeffrey Schorsch earned Horizon League Player of the Week accolades Tuesday after he was victorious atop both singles and doubles play versus Northern Kentucky last Saturday. The triumphs represented his 77th career singles win and 77th career doubles victory.
The Valpo men's tennis team opened Horizon League play Saturdaywith a decisive 6-1 win over visiting Northern Kentucky at The Courts of NWI. Sophomore Garrett Gardner won his fourth consecutive match in singles play by virtue of a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Blaine Carr. Gardner is now 10-1 over his last eleven singles matches.
The Valpo men's tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches Saturday with a 5-2 triumph over Xavier at Western Tennis & Fitness Center in Cincinnati. Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt improved to 21-7 in doubles play with a 6-4 victory at No. 1. The junior duo also registered wins in singles play.
The Valpo men's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 victory over Lewis and a 7-0 triumph against Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) in a Saturday doubleheader at The Courts of NWI. The Crusaders are now 13-5 and will face Xavier next Friday before Horizon League play begins the following Friday.
The Valpo men’s tennis team announced Friday that it has added two matches for Saturday, March 19th at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Crusaders will host Lewis University (5-3) at noon before entertaining 4-3 Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m.
Freshman Chad Kissell earned his first-ever Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week honor Tuesday. Kissell went 2-1 in singles, with one of those victories coming at No. 2. The rookie also rattled off a 2-0 record at No. 3 doubles alongside Kyle Dunn as the Crusaders improved to 11-5 on the season.
The Valpo men's tennis team returned to its winning ways Sunday with a convincing 5-2 win over Richmond at Westhampton Tennis Courts. The Crusaders secured the doubles point and notched wins at No. 2-5 singles en route to their 11th victory of the spring.
The Valpo men's tennis team had its six-match winning streak snapped at the hands of #60 William & Mary on Saturday at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. Junior Jeffrey Schorsch won his fourth straight singles match at No. 1, as he defeated Christian Cargill, 6-4, 6-2. However, the Tribe recorded wins at the bottom five flights of singles play as part of a 6-1 team triumph over the Crusaders.
Juniors Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt added a doubles win and singles victories to their stat sheet Friday at George Mason. The 57th-ranked doubles team in the nation defeated the Patriots' top pair, 6-2, at No. 1 as part of a 5-2 victory at Montclair Country Club in Virginia.
The Crusader men's tennis team improved to 6-4 on the spring Friday at The Courts of NWI following a pair of a shutouts over visiting Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois. Seniors Michael Savaglio and Lucas Waak each went 2-0 in singles play.
Garrett Gardner and Charlie Emhardt met little resistance in their singles matches at #68 Purdue, but the Boilermakers escaped with a 4-3 win over the Valpo men's tennis team Saturday. Kyle Dunn also recorded a victory at No. 6 singles.
Jeffrey Schorsch carved his name into Valpo's record book Friday with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory at No. 1 singles versus Louisville's Alex Gornet, but the 46th-ranked Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 team win over the Crusaders. Schorsch's triumph represented the 70th of his singles career, a new Valpo men's tennis mark.
Jeffrey Schorsch won his second consecutive Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week honor Tuesday. The junior surrendered just three games as part of a 2-0 week at singles versus Butler and IUPUI. Schorsch also teamed up with Charlie Emhardt to record convincing 6-2 and 6-0 victories at No. 1 doubles.
Jeffrey Schorsch surrendered just three games in two matches Saturday en route to his 68th and 69th career victories in singles. The wins tied him with Eric Honert for the most in program history. Valpo improved to 4-2 on the spring after posting 7-0 shutouts over Butler and IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Jeffrey Schorsch, the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year, earned his first Player of the Week honor of the 2015-16 season Tuesday. Schorsch went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles alongside Charlie Emhardt. The junior now owns a 12-2 singles record and a 12-6 mark in doubles play.
The Valpo men's tennis team defeated preseason Mid-American Conference favorite Western Michigan by a score of 5-2 at the Courts of NWI on Sunday afternoon. Jeffrey Schorsch capped off a 2-0 weekend at No. 1 singles while Dave Bacalla, Chad Kissell, and Kyle Dunn all logged victories to hand the Broncos their first loss of the spring season.
Junior Jeffrey Schorsch handed Josef Dodridge a straight-set loss at No. 1 singles, but Wisconsin recorded a 6-1 win over Valpo at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders will turn around and host Western Michigan Sunday afternoon at The Courts of NWI. First serve is set for 2:00 pm.
The Valpo men's tennis team recorded a convincing 5-2 win over Toledo Saturday afternoon at The Courts of NWI. Jeffrey Schorsch, Chad Kissell, Charlie Emhardt, and Garrett Gardner all notched singles victories at their respective flights. Meanwhile, the Crusaders received wins from the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in doubles to seize the opening point.
The 33rd-ranked duo of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt didn't miss a beat in Valpo's spring opener at #7 Illinois on Friday morning. The tandem defeated Alex Jesse/Jared Hiltzik at No. 1 doubles, but the Fighting Illini clawed their back for a 4-0 victory at the Atkins Tennis Center.
The Horizon League released its men's and women's tennis preseason tennis polls Friday. The men were selected first, alongside the defending-champion Green Bay Phoenix, while the women were slotted at ninth.
The junior doubles tandem of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt jumped 22 spots to #33 in the first Men's Doubles Rankings of 2016 as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday afternoon. Schorsch also garnered the #14 ranking in singles play in the Midwest Region.
The 2016 spring tennis schedule is out. Three different ranked opponents grace the men's slate while the women's team will head to Puerto Rico to face a trio of East Coast opponents over spring break. The 2016 Horizon League Championships are scheduled for April 29th-May 1st in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Brandon Ancona and Franklin Brozovich have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2016-17 season. Ancona, a Belvidere, Illnois native, is ranked 220th in the nation. Brozovich, a four-start recruit from Michigan, is ranked 23rd in the Midwest.
After dropping the first set, 6-1, #55 Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt made a spirited run in the second set of their finals match against #28 Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan; however, the Notre Dame pair assembled a rally of its own, claiming the match 6-1, 7-5. Monday represents a bittersweet end to a tournament that saw the Crusader pair go 5-1 with two wins over ranked opponents.
The 55th-ranked doubles team of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt continued their reign of dominance at the ITA Midwest Regionals on Sunday. The junior duo knocked off Northwestern's Strong Kirchheimer/Fedor Baev, the 56th-ranked tandem in the nation, in the morning before upsetting the 19th-ranked team of Martin Joyce and Ralf Steinbach of Ohio State in the afternoon to advance to Monday's final.
Severe cramps weren't about to keep Jeffrey Schorsch from reaching the round of 16 doubles play at the ITA Midwest Regionals. Schorsch, who succumbed to leg pain in singles play, responded with an 8-1 win alongside Charlie Emhardt before downing Illinois' Toshiki Matsuya/Julian Childers, 8-4. Schorsch and Emhardt will take on Northwestern's Kirchheimer/Baev Sunday afternoon.
Kyle Dunn and Chad Kissell picked up the wins they needed in their early morning matches to advance to the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regionals at Notre Dame. Once main draw play began, #119 Jeffrey Schorsch recorded a 6-4, 6-4 victory over NIU's Tom Hjertonsson in singles play while two Crusader doubles teams were victorious in their Round of 32 tilts.
Junior Kyle Dunn and freshman Chad Kissell went 2-0 in the opening day of singles play in the qualifying draw of the ITA Midwest Regionals held at Notre Dame. Dunn will face Toledo's Vince Anazlone while Kissell will take on Notre Dame's Daniel Rayl Friday at 7:00 am CT. The winners of tomorrow morning's matches advance to the main draw of the tournament.
The Valparaiso University men's tennis team completed the inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational on Sunday evening, but not before picking up 14 wins. Senior Michael Savaglio captured a third-place finish in Flight B singles while Brian Hickey recorded his fourth singles victory of the fall.
The Valpo men's tennis team made another strong showing in day two of the Crusader Indoor Invitational held at the Courts of NWI in Valparaiso. The Crusaders went a perfect 4-0 in singles play and 2-2 in doubles action. Play concludes tomorrow in the 11-team event.
The inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational opened Friday afternoon at the Courts of NWI in Valparaiso. The Valpo men's tennis team went a collective 2-0 in doubles and 3-2 in singles in the event comprised of eleven teams and 59 individuals.
Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt's stay in the ITA All-American Main Draw Doubles Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma ended prematurely with a 7-6, 6-4 defeat to #14 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe of Oklahoma State in consolation action.
Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt went toe-to-toe with the nation's fourth-ranked doubles team Thursday evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But after the Crusader tandem claimed the first set, 7-5, LSU's Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle clawed back to even the match at two sets before seizing the third-set tiebreaker, 10-7. Schorsch and Emhardt will compete in a consolation match Friday.
An error in the draw selection for the ITA All-American Main Draw Doubles Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma forced an overhaul of the brackets. As a result, instead of a rematch against #17 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek, Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt will now face the #4 team in the country - LSU's Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle at 6:00 pm CT. Fans can follow along with live video and scoring.
Dave Bacalla finished his run in Tulsa with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Juan Matias Gonzalez. Bacalla and freshman Chad Kissell went the distance against Troy's Pablo Moreno/Giovani Sahama, but eventually fell 7-5, 1-6, 10-2. Charlie Emhardt and Jeffrey Schorsch will open play in the Main Draw Doubles Tournament beginning Thursday.
Jeffrey Schorsch rebounded to knock off a fellow nationally-ranked opponent Monday. The junior, ranked 119th in the country, boosted his stock with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 come-from-behind victory over #83 Felipe Rios of Baylor in the opening round of the ITA All-America qualifying singles tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dave Bacalla marched on to the Round of 32 at the ITA All-American Championships pre-qualifying draw on Sunday. The junior rattled off a pair of straight-set victories at the Union High School Courts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bacalla downed Louisville's Courtney Lock, 6-4, 6-3, before dispatching William & Mary's Damon Niquet, 6-2, 6-3.
Juniors Dave Bacalla and Kyle Dunn both collected wins Saturday to advance to the Round of 128 in the Pre-Qualifying singles draw of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bacalla beat Liberty's Egon Samaai in the three sets while Dunn upended Tennessee Tech's Oleksiy Arovin in straight sets. Arovin was ranked entering Saturday's tilt.
Junior Jeffrey Schorsch defeated Western Michigan's Jefta Kecic, 6-2, 6-3, in the Flight A singles final of the Vredevelt Invitational on Saturday. With the victory, the 119th-ranked player in the nation advanced to 6-0 in singles on the young fall season. Earlier in the day, Schorsch and Emhardt upended the 37th-ranked doubles team (Michigan State's Mac Roy/Michael Dube) in the country, 6-4.
Behind a trio of robust efforts from Jeffrey Schorsch, Dave Bacalla, and Charlie Emhardt, the Valpo men's tennis team is in a position to claim singles titles in any of Flights A-C in Saturday's finale of the Vredevelt Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Crusaders also went 3-1 in doubles play Friday.
Junior Jeffrey Schorsch teamed up with classmate Charlie Emhardt to finish off the Flight A doubles championship, 8-3, over DePaul's Sten Leusink/Ivan Divkovic. Just a few hours later, Schorsch downed Leusink in straight sets to capture the Flight A singles crown at the Valpo Fall Invitational.
With half of the team participating in the Valpo Fall Invitational in Valparaiso and the other half taking part in the 40th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic in Wisconsin, the Valpo men's tennis team racked up a total of eight combined victories on a busy Friday. Play continues at both locations on Saturday.
The 2015-16 men's tennis season will get underway this weekend (Sept. 18-19) with the Valpo Fall Invitational. The Crusaders will also compete in tourneys in Milwaukee, Kalamazoo, Tulsa, Notre Dame, and West Lafayette. This fall also represents the inaugural Crusader Indoor Invitational, Valpo's first indoor event held at the Courts of NWI.
The junior doubles tandem of Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) received the 55th spot nationally in Tuesday's Preseason Men's Doubles Rankings as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Furthermore, Schorsch cracked the Men's National Singles Rankings, coming in at No. 119.
Four victories stand between juniors Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt and a wild card entry into the 2015 U.S. Open Doubles Championship in Flushing, New York. The 16-team qualifying tourney begins Tuesday at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT when the Crusader tandem takes on Keith Kessler and Gary Kushnirovich at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.
Valparaiso men’s tennis juniors Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio) capped off successful summers of competition by winning the men’s doubles draw at the ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind. With the victory, the pair earns a spot in the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. this October. In addition, Schorsch finished as the runner-up in the men’s singles draw as well.
Five members of the Valpo men's tennis team were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) 2015 All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office. Additionally, the Crusaders were one of just 78 squads nationwide - and the only Horizon League school - to earn distinction as an ITA All-Academic Team.