The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team has once again received recognition from the Horizon League for its performance this past week.
Valpo senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while Schorsch and doubles teammate Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) have been honored as the Horizon League Doubles Team of the Week. Both Schorsch and the No. 1 doubles duo are repeat winners as they capture the distinctions for the second straight week.
Schorsch downed Green Bay's Floridan Kraenzler 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles in a 6-1 Valpo victory that allowed the Crusaders to reach 20 wins for the third straight season and nail down at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title. Schorsch's win allowed him to climb to 6-0 in league singles competition while grabbing his 24th victory of the year, tied for sixth in program history for single-season victories. He set the program record with 29 singles wins last year.
Schorsch and Emhardt beat Green Bay's No. 1 doubles team of Floridan Kraenzler and Charlie Ridout 6-3 in Valpo's only match of the week. This was their 19th win of the season together and doubles win No. 28 for Schorsch and 26 for Emhardt. Schorsch's single-season doubles win total is two behind the program record of 30 that was established by Emhardt and Schorsch in 2014-15.
This marks the 14th individual Player of the Week honor of Schorsch’s Crusader career and his fifth this season. The Crusaders have won seven Player of the Week Awards and seven Doubles Team of the Week awards this year.
Schorsch, Emhardt and fellow seniors Dave Bacalla and Kyle Dunn will partake in the final home match of their collegiate careers on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. against Detroit Mercy. A win would allow the Crusaders (20-3, 6-0 Horizon) to sew up their second consecutive outright Horizon League regular season title.