The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team wasted no time collecting its first Horizon League honors of the spring, as the Crusaders swept the league’s weekly awards after Saturday’s 7-0 win over Toledo in the first dual match of the season.
Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) was named Horizon League Player of the Week after starting his senior season with a straight-sets win over Toledo senior Stjepan Sisko, who has earned the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Award in each of his first three seasons.
Schorsch, Valpo’s all-time leader in career singles wins, won the first set 7-6 (7-0) before cruising to a 6-3 victory in Set 2 to make it a straight sets triumph. Sisko finished last season 25-5, with Schorsch also responsible for one of his losses a year ago. This marks the 10th Horizon League Player of the Week Award of Schorsch’s career.
Fresh off a run to the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships final match this fall, Schorsch and doubles partner Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) earned the Horizon League Doubles Team of the Week, a new weekly award this season. The duo started the spring season with a 6-4 win over Sisko and Thawin Suksathaporn. The victory allowed Schorsch and Emhardt to avenge a loss to Sisko and Omar Espinosa in last year’s match with Toledo.
Valpo faces a tough test this week as it hits the road for a Saturday showdown with Big Ten foe Wisconsin that begins at noon CT. Links to live video and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.