Crusaders Post Pair of Shutout Victories Saturday
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Crusaders Post Pair of Shutout Victories Saturday
Sophomore Lucas Waak tallied singles wins over Marian and Grace Saturday.

The Crusaders boosted their record to 4-1 on the young season Saturday at the Courts of NWI. The Brown and Gold recorded a 7-0 shutout over Marian University in the morning tilt before handing Grace College a similar result in the latter half of the twin bill.

The doubles teams of Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North)/Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) and Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac)/Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) both registered 6-1 wins at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively.

Marian's Danny Albert and Ryan Heuer tripped up Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg)/Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) at No. 2 doubles, taking a tight 6-5 (8-6) decision.

Valpo rolled to straight set wins at each singles spot save for No. 5. Sophomore Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) rebounded after dropping the first set to claim a dramatic 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 victory.

Playing at No. 1 singles, Schorsch downed Jason Denton 6-3, 6-1. The freshman improved his individual record to 12-5. Later in the day, Bacalla joined Schorsch with 12 wins. Both rookies are four singles victories away from cracking Valpo's top ten list for individual wins in a season.

Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) won a narrow first set 6-5 (7-3) over Albert at No. 2 before rolling 6-1 in the second set en route to his tenth singles victory on the season.

Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) met little resistance from Jack Hiatt, as Valpo's all-time winningest singles player was triumphant 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3.

Dunn defeated Marty Pochop 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4. Sophomore Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) also prevailed in straight sets 6-5 (7-0), 6-0 at No. 6 singles.

Valpo kept its foot on the accelerator in the afternoon match versus Grace College. The Crusaders surrendered no more than three games in any set in the 7-0 victory over the Lancers.

Bacalla/Oakes repeated with another 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Schorsch and Emhardt redeemed themselves with a 6-1 triumph over Jack Wang and Ethan Grove at No. 2, clinching the doubles point. Honert and Waak added a 6-3 win at No. 3 for good measure.

Baiocchi quickly defeated Grove 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6 singles before Waak handed Ricardo Bedon the same 6-1, 6-0 loss at No. 5.

The Crusaders mathematically secured the match when Honert beat Wang 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

At No. 1, Bacalla downed Daniel Sanchez 6-2, 6-1. Savaglio also remained perfect on the day thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jose Marval at No. 2.

Emhardt got past Jake Stump 6-3, 6-2 to make it a clean sweep for the Brown and Gold.

Valpo (4-1) will rest up before making a quick turnaround tomorrow when it hosts the Dayton Flyers (1-3) Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm inside The Courts of NWI.