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Schorsch Beats 93rd Ranked Player in Nation; Valpo Suffers Hard-Fought Loss at #75 Purdue

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The predominantly young Crusaders faced their toughest test of the season thus far and though #75 Purdue prevailed 5-2 Saturday, they proved they can compete with anyone around.

Freshman Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) got the best of 93rd-ranked Ricky Medinilla in a 7-6, 7-6 (10-8) marathon at No. 1 singles. Schorsch led 5-3 in the second set before Medinilla rallied back to make it 5-5. With the score knotted at 6-6, Schorsch jumped to an early lead in the tiebreaker before finally claiming a 10-8 win. Medinilla's late rally fell short as Schorsch hung on to take the tiebreaker 10-8.

Schorsch improved his singles record to 14-5 with the straight set triumph.

Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) won a lengthy first set 7-6 at No. 2 singles over Szymon Tatarczyk. Tatarczyk handily won the second set 6-1 sending the pair to a third-set tiebreak where Bacalla fell in a hard-fought 10-8 duel. 

Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) picked up a big win at No. 6 singles, dispatching Lucas Degas 6-4, 6-4. Emhardt is now 3-1 in the No. 6 slot.

Mark Kovacs clinched the match for Purdue with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles over Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford). Mateus Silva took the first singles match of the afternoon 6-0, 6-2 over Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley). 

Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 4 to Diego Acosta.

Overall, the Crusaders have posted a 6-1 record at No. 1, 2, 5, and 6 singles.

In doubles play, Bacalla and Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) were on the wrong end of an 8-1 match at No. 1 doubles. 

The doubles point went Purdue's way when Kovacs/Silva doubled up Honert and Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) 8-4 at No. 3.

Schorsch and Emhardt were ahead 6-5 at No. 2 doubles when the Boilermakers had clinched the doubles point.

"Our guys fought hard all day. They showed a lot of fire," head coach Jim Daugherty said.

Valpo (5-2) will get right back at it Sunday afternoon when it hosts South Dakota State at 2:00 pm at The Courts of NWI. 

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler