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Bacalla Tagged HL Men's Tennis Player of the Week
The Horizon League named Dave Bacalla as its Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday. (Suzy Waak)
The Horizon League named Dave Bacalla as its Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday. (Suzy Waak)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

For the third time in four weeks, the Horizon League's men's tennis player of the week is a Valparaiso Crusader.

The league announced freshman Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) as the latest recipient of the honor Tuesday morning.

Bacalla went 2-0 at No. 2 singles and also recorded a win at No. 1 doubles alongside sophomore Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North). He defeated Creighton's Elliott Baker 6-2, 6-3 in singles play on Wednesday before rallying back on Thursday to overthrow Quinnipiac's Eric Ambrosio 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 to complete Valpo's 6-0 spring trip in Orlando, Florida.

Bacalla and Oakes downed Ambrosio/Luke Roser 8-6 in doubles action on Thursday. The duo was ahead 6-5 on Creighton's Billy Paluch/Jake Norman on Wednesday when the match was halted because the Crusaders had clinched the doubles point.

Bacalla's singles record now sits at 18-5. His 18 wins are tied for the fifth-most ever by a Crusader in a single season. In doubles play, Bacalla and Oakes are 9-2 at the No. 1 spot. Overall, the freshman has been a part of 15 doubles victories.

Valpo (13-3) begins Horizon League play this Saturday at 2 pm when it welcomes UIC (3-5) to the Courts of NWI. 

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