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Trio of Freshmen Advance to Singles Championship Round at River Forest
The Crusaders enter Saturday's River Forest Collegiate Invitational with three players in the Championship round.
The Crusaders enter Saturday's River Forest Collegiate Invitational with three players in the Championship round.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Freshmen Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg), Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill/Niles North), and Kyle Dunn (Fon du Lac, Wis./Fon du Lac) wasted no time making a name for themselves in their first collegiate tennis matches. The triumvirate each won their opening round match in straight sets Friday at the River Forest Collegiate Invitational in River Forest, Illinois.

Schorsch downed Youngstown State's Sebastian Hagn 6-2, 6-4 before beating Butler's Austin Woldmoe 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 in a wild third-set tiebreaker. Schorsch will face Belmont's Marko Lovrinovic on Saturday for the Championship in the #2 singles flight. 

Bacalla made quick work of Belmont's Martijn Verberne 6-4, 6-0 in their morning match. Bacalla followed that victory with a well-earned win over Butler's Brandon Woods. In a contrast of the opening match, Bacalla and Woods went back and forth with the Valpo freshman rallying back to win the second set 7-5 after dropping the first set 6-4. Bacalla prevailed 10-6 in the third set tiebreaker to arrange a date with Northern Illinois' Matt Lynch in the Championship match in the #5 singles section.

Dunn defeated UIC's Eric Pontow 6-3, 6-4 for his first collegiate victory. NIU's Carlos Mansanas awaited Dunn in the semifinals of the #6 singles flight. Dunn remained patient as he scrapped out a 6-3, 7-5 straight set victory. The freshman will take on Butler's Tommy Marx on Saturday in the Championship round.

Meanwhile, Valpo's No. 1 singles player Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) dropped his first two matches of the 2013-14 season Friday. Baiocchi fell 6-4, 6-1 to Butler's Pulok Bhattacharya in the opening round before losing to Ji Hoon Heo of Morehead State 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). 

Senior Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) was beaten by UIC's Isaac Lloveras in a tight match 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 at No. 3 singles. In the No. 4 singles flight, sophomore Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) downed Nishaad Balachandran of Saint Louis University 6-3, 6-4 in their opening match before dropping the semifinal tilt 6-4, 6-3 to Butler's Sam O'Neill.

In doubles play, Valpo's No. 1 team of Dave Bacalla and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) couldn't get past Belmont's duo of Mauricio Antun and Marko Lovrinovic. The Bruin pair took the match 8-5.

However, the other two Crusader teams did advance in their respective rounds.

Honert and Schorsch beat Morehead State's Gabriel Ruiz and Giovanni Samaha 8-4. Honert and Schorsch will see NIU's No. 2 team of Fred Cadieux and Simon Formont on Saturday.

The No. 3 team comprised of sophomores Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) and Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill/Saint Charles North) had no trouble with Youngstown State's Max Schmerin and Victor Theorin, dispatching them 8-1. NIU's Jake Lynch and Jovan Zeljovic await the Valpo pair in tomorrow's semifinals.

An exhibition singles draw at No. 7 was held as well. Waak beat out fellow teammate Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) 8-4 in the semifinals after both were victorious in their first matches. Waak will challenge Butler's Alex Woldmoe in the final of that bracket. Emhardt moved into the consolation final after dropping his opening round match. 

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo