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KING OF THE COURT: Schorsch Smashes Record as Valpo Sweeps Spring Trip
On Thursday, freshman Jeffrey Schorsch became the first player in Valpo men's tennis history to win 21 singles matches in a season. (Fred Villarruel)
On Thursday, freshman Jeffrey Schorsch became the first player in Valpo men's tennis history to win 21 singles matches in a season. (Fred Villarruel)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

For Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg), Orlando, Florida truly was the Happiest Place on Earth Thursday.

The freshman phenom claimed his 21st singles victory of the 2013-2014 season, breaking the previous record held by teammate Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) and Nic Kooyers.

Schorsch downed Quinnipiac's Kei Ezaka 6-3, 6-1 for his tenth consecutive victory. He now possesses a 21-5 overall record in singles play.

"Jeffrey continues to improve and apply himself every day without any signs of slippage. We are all enjoying his journey as his game continues to break new barriers. If you have not seen him play, you need to get out and see history in the making," head coach Jim Daugherty said proudly.

Valparaiso was victorious 7-0 over Quinnipiac in its final match of the spring trip. The Crusaders steamrolled opponents the entire week, dropping only two points (both to Niagara). The 7-0 result was the fifth straight shutout by the Brown and Gold.

Sophomore Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) trounced Patrick Sell 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles for Valpo's first singles victory of the morning.

Not to be overlooked is the fact fellow freshman Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) won his 18th match of the season, tying him with Alex Lau for No. 5 on the single season victories list. 

At No. 2, Bacalla dropped the first set 6-4 before rallying back to take the second and third sets decisively, 6-1, 6-1. The freshman's singles record now sits at 18-5.

"I'm so proud of Dave for keeping his composure and breaking down his opponent. It was great to see," Daugherty stated.

Fellow freshman Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) clinched the match at No. 5 via a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ryoma Haraguchi.

Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) boosted his record to 15-7 with a straight set win over Carlos Fernandez. The freshman took a 6-2, 6-2 contest at No. 6.

After Bacalla's three-set win, Honert put the finishing touches on a record-setting week with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) defeat of Luke Roser at No. 4.

Valpo opened the match by securing the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. 

Schorsch and Emhardt handed Sell/Fernandez an 8-3 loss at No. 2 before Bacalla and Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) clinched the point with an 8-6 triumph at No. 1 over Eric Ambrosio/Luke Roser.

Honert and Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) took Ezaka/Haraguchi to a tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles before falling 8-7 (7-2). 

The Crusaders (13-3) will have nine days off to prepare for the beginning of Horizon League play. They'll welcome UIC to The Courts of NWI on Saturday, March 22nd at 2 pm.