Crusaders Earn Regional Ranking; Schorsch, Emhardt Crowned Sectional Champs
The Valpo men's tennis team cracked the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)'s Midwest Regional Top 10 for the first time in program history. On an individual level, junior Jeffrey Schorsch earned a #18 ranking amongst singles players in the Midwest, also a program first. Schorsch and Emhardt continue play in the US Open qualifier as part of a busy summer.
15 Crusaders Earn Spring Academic All-League Honors
15 Valparaiso student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this morning. Men’s outdoor track and field had five athletes honored, while baseball, men’s golf and women’s outdoor track and field each had three selections to go with one from men’s tennis.
Woodson Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Valpo men's tennis head coach Jim Daugherty announced today that Michael Woodson has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach. Since Woodson joined the coaching staff prior to the 2012-13 season, the Crusaders have gone 51-28.
Men's Tennis Commit Nets State Title in Pennsylvania
Chad Kissell took home the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA Singles Championship this past weekend. TennisRecruiting.net currently ranks Kissell 63rd nationally following a 25-0 season at Latrobe High School. Kissell and Brian Pecyna will begin their collegiate careers with the Brown and Gold this fall.
Valpo's Title Bid Falls Short in Finals of HL Championship
Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt tallied their record-setting 30th doubles victory of the season Sunday, but Green Bay registered a 4-0 win to capture the Horizon League Championship title in West Lafayette.
Crusaders Advance to Title Match with 4-1 Win over Vikings
The Valpo men's tennis team is one step away from the NCAA Tournament thanks to a 4-1 win over Cleveland State in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship on Saturday afternoon. Dave Bacalla earned the all-important fourth point after rallying for a 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles.
Men's Tennis Enters League Tourney with High Expectations
While they await their opponent in the semifinals of the 2015 Horizon League Men's Tennis Championship, the Crusaders ride into West Lafayette with the No. 2 seed and one goal.
Schorsch Named HL Player of the Year; Bacalla First Team All-League
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named Horizon League Player of the Year; classmate Dave Bacalla was also named First Team All-League as announced by the league office Thursday evening. Schorsch is the first Crusader to earn the distinction since Valparaiso joined the Horizon League, and just the fourth ever to be named a Conference Player of the Year.
Schorsch Earns 3rd HL Player of the Week Award
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following his 2-0 weekend in both singles and doubles play. This is the second straight week a Valparaiso men's tennis player has earned the honor.
Crusaders Clinch No. 2 Seed with Decisive Win over Penguins
The Crusader men's tennis team collected their 20th win of the spring with a resounding 6-1 win at Youngstown State on Sunday morning at the YSU Outdoor Courts. Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt went 2-0 on the day with a victory at No. 1 doubles followed by wins at No. 1 and 4 singles, respectively.
Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker to Vikings on Saturday
The Valpo men's tennis team's bid for a 20-win season will have to wait at least one more day. The Cleveland State Vikings rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upend the Crusaders 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the CWRU Carlton Courts.
Men's Tennis Handles Flames, 5-2
Three singles matches went three sets, the doubles point came down to a tiebreaker, but Valpo persevered for a 5-2 win over UIC at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.
Crusaders Blank Titans at Valpo Tennis Complex
The Valpo men's tennis team returned to its winning ways Friday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout of the Detroit Titans at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Kyle Dunn clinched the Crusaders' 18th win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles.
Green Bay Squeaks By Crusader Men's Tennis
A showdown between two of the powerhouses in Horizon League men's tennis lived up to its billing Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Valpo and Green Bay split six singles matches, but the Phoenix claimed the decisive doubles point en route to a 4-3 win over the Crusaders.
Bacalla Boasts HL Player of the Week Honors
Sophomore Dave Bacalla was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following a pair of Crusader victories this past weekend.
Crusaders Double Up Flyers in Dayton
The Valparaiso men's tennis team secured the doubles point for the sixth consecutive match Sunday en route to a 4-2 victory over Dayton at the Five Seasons Tennis Club.
Men's Tennis Nets Win in HL Opener at Wright State
The Valparaiso men's tennis team opened Horizon League play with a 6-1 win over Wright State at the Dayton Center Courts on Saturday night.
Valpo Men's Tennis Loses 4-3 Nailbiter to WMU
The Valparaiso men's tennis team fell 4-3 to a Western Michigan in a dogfight at West Hills Tennis Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday afternoon.
Crusader Trio Notch 20th Wins Following Doubleheader Sweep
Garrett Gardner, Jeffrey Schorsch, and Michael Savaglio all recorded their 20th victories in singles play Wednesday in Orlando, Florida. Valpo defeated Lehigh 4-3 in the morning followed by a 7-0 shutout of the College of Wooster.
Dunn, Calombaris Named Athletes of the Month
Valparaiso sophomore men's tennis player Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) and sophomore softball player Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for February.
Crusaders Split Doubleheader with Miami, Wheaton
The Valparaiso men's tennis team earned a split in its doubleheader Tuesday, defeating Wheaton College 6-1, but falling 6-1 to the University of Miami. Jeffrey Schorsch recorded wins in both his singles and doubles matches. With the victories, the sophomore is now 19-6 in singles play and 21-4 in doubles action.
Schorsch Named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week
Sophomore went 3-0 in both singles and doubles play as Crusaders went undefeated with wins over Coe College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Quinnipiac. Schorsch is now 18-6 in singles play, 20-4 in doubles.
Men's Tennis Quiets Quinnipiac, 6-1
The Valparaiso men's tennis team continued its winning ways in Orlando, Florida on Monday. The Crusaders dispatched Quinnipiac, 6-1, at Lake Cane Courts.
Crusaders Collect Pair of Wins in Orlando
The Valparaiso men's tennis team downed Coe College, 5-2, on Saturday morning at the Lake Cane Courts in Orlando, Florida, before shutting out St. Thomas Aquinas (NY), 7-0, to open its spring trip with a pair of victories.
Men's Tennis Falls to 3rd-Ranked Fighting Illini
The Valparaiso men's tennis team had its five-match winning streak snapped at the hands of third-ranked University of Illinois Saturday morning at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana.
Men's Tennis Extends Win Streak to Five Following Friday Sweep
The Valparaiso men's tennis team is now the owner of an 8-0 home record after a pair of shutouts over Olivet Nazarene and Chicago State at The Courts of NWI on Friday. Kyle Dunn and Jeffrey Schorsch both went 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles, while Lucas Waak put up a 2-0 record in doubles action and collected a victory in his lone singles match.
Crusaders Earn Sunday Sweep over SIUC, Grace College
Valparaiso picked up two more wins on the 2014-15 season Sunday, defeating SIU-Carbondale and Grace College at the Courts of NWI.
Valpo Tennis Knocks Off Butler, 5-2
For the first time in 24 years, the Valparaiso men's tennis team defeated Butler. The Crusaders surged to a 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs at the Courts of NWI Saturday night.
Dunn Records Win in 6-1 Defeat to #26 Northwestern
The Valparaiso men's tennis team fell in its toughest match to date, 6-1, to #26 Northwestern Sunday evening at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Illinois. Kyle Dunn battled to earn his eighth singles win of the season. The sophomore dismissed Alex Pasareanu at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 6-3.
Crusaders Blank Panthers on Saturday
The Valparaiso men's tennis team dropped just one set in its 7-0 victory over visiting Eastern Illinois Saturday at the Courts of NWI. The Crusaders (4-0) wrap up this week's action at #26 Northwestern Sunday evening in Evanston.
Schorsch Earns HL Men's Tennis Player of the Week Award
Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, following a pair of Crusader victories this past weekend. This is the second straight week a Valparaiso men's tennis player has earned the honor.
Men's Tennis Match vs. #6 Illinois Postponed
The Valparaiso men's tennis team was set to put its undefeated record on the line Monday versus #6 Illinois. However, inclement weather has forced that match to be pushed back to Saturday, February 28th at Notre Dame.
Men's Tennis Scratches Its Way to Win over IUPUI
A day after dispatching IPFW with a smooth 6-1 result, the Valparaiso men's tennis team battled its way to a 5-2 victory over IUPUI Saturday afternoon at the Courts of NWI.
Crusaders Roll to 6-1 Victory over IPFW
The Valparaiso men's tennis team won its home opener Friday afternoon over IPFW, 6-1, at the Courts of NWI. The Crusaders' record improved to 2-0 while Michael Savaglio and Jeffrey Schorsch moved into double-digit wins in the singles column, joining sophomore Charlie Emhardt and freshman Garrett Gardner.
Gardner Named HL Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Freshman Garrett Gardner was named the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday. Gardner was instrumental in the Crusaders' 5-2 victory over Toledo on Saturday.
Men's Tennis Rebounds to Score Decisive Win in Spring Opener
Trailing 2-0 following doubles play and the first match of singles action, the Valparaiso men's tennis team rattled off five consecutive singles victories to close out a 5-2 triumph over Toledo at the Shadow Valley Tennis Club in Maumee, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
HL Tennis Preseason Polls Released: Men Picked 3rd; Women Selected 8th
The Horizon League released its men's and women's tennis preseason tennis polls Thursday. The men were selected third, while the women were slotted to finish eighth.
Men's Tennis Receives Two NLIs
Brian Pecyna and Chad Kissell have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2015-16 season. Pecyna, a Glen Ellyn, Illnois native, is ranked 218th in the nation. Kissell, an exceptional all-around athlete from Pennyslvania, is ranked second in the Middle States and 65th in the country.
Spring Tennis Schedules Released
The Valparaiso men's and women's tennis teams released its respective schedules Tuesday. The men host IPFW on Friday, January 30th at the Courts of NWI in their first home match of the spring while the women's home opener is slated for Friday, February 13th versus Nebraska-Omaha.
Honert, Gardner Bestowed Awards
Eric Honert, Valparaiso men's tennis all-time leader in singles victories, earned the 2014 Vernon John Award last week. The award recognizes the year's outstanding Colorado collegiate male player. Meanwhile, freshman Garrett Gardner was elected as the boy’s recipient of the Diane McNeal Jr. Sportsmanship Award per the Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association.
Schorsch/Emhardt Advance to Semifinals, Drop Tight Contest to #16 Team in Nation
It took the 16th-ranked doubles team in the country to finally slow down the sophomore duo of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka scored a narrow 6-4, 6-4 win over the Crusader tandem in the semifinals of the ITA Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich. Schorsch/Emhardt advanced to the semis after they blew past Notre Dame's Drew Dawson/Eric Schnurrenberger, 8-1, in the quarterfinals.
Schorsch/Emhardt Keep Rolling, Advance to Quarterfinals
The Valpo men's tennis program entered this week's ITA Regionals in search of its first ever doubles win. Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt have steamrolled their way into the quarterfinals and now stand two victories away from the championship match.
Men's Tennis Nets Singles, Doubles Wins in Main Draw of ITA Regionals
Jeffrey Schorsch outlasted NIU's Simon Formont in three sets to win his opening round match in singles play at the ITA Regionals. Schorsch later paired up with Charlie Emhardt as the duo coasted to an 8-1 victory in the main draw. Teammates Dave Bacalla and Chase Hamilton got in on the fun with an 8-6 triumph over Wisconsin's #1 doubles team.
Emhardt Wins Opening Pair of Singles Matches at ITA Regionals
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt defeated Notre Dame's Drew Dawson and NIU's Kevin Daun in straight sets to advance to the Round of 16 in the qualifying draw at the ITA Regionals Thursday. Junior Michael Savaglio and sophomore Kyle Dunn fell in both of their first two singles matches. Main draw play begins Friday afternoon.
Savaglio Named Horizon League Player of the Week
Michael Savaglio went undefeated in both singles and doubles play at the Valparaiso Fall Invitational. Thanks to wins over Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, and Western Illinois, the junior is now 9-2 in singles action and 8-3 in doubles play.
Lucas Waak Joins Valpo All-Access
Valparaiso men's tennis junior Lucas Waak joins Valpo All-Access to demonstrate the art of serving.
Valparaiso Fall Invitational Closes with More Crusader Wins
The Crusaders won all but one match in the final day of the Valparaiso Fall Invitational on Saturday. Overall, the Brown and Gold went 39-1 in singles and 15-0 in doubles over Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, and Western Illinois.
Crusaders Run the Table in Day 1 of Valparaiso Fall Invitational
Men's tennis opened the Valparaiso Fall Invitational Friday with a combined 20-0 record in singles play and a 5-0 mark in doubles. Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, Western Illinois, and the Crusaders will wrap up play tomorrow at the Courts of NWI.
Crusaders Raising Money as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Activities
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
Schorsch/Emhardt Go Toe-to-Toe with #5 Doubles Team in Country
Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt gave the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation all it could handle in their first round match against San Diego's Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek at the ITA All-American Tournament Tuesday in Tulsa. The Crusader duo eventually dropped a 6-4, 7-6 (4) result at the Case Tennis Center Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla.
Men's Tennis Wraps Up Weekend with Wins
Down in Tulsa, Charlie Emhardt won his consolation match over Austin Peay's Iago Seffrin 6-2, 7-6 (5) at the ITA All-American Championships. Up in Kalamazoo, Garrett Gardner took the Flight F championship with a straight set victory over Green Bay's Michael Tebon, while Michael Savaglio and Chase Hamilton captured 3rd place finishes in Flights C and G, respectively. Daniel Oakes also won the Flight G consolation title.
Bacalla, Schorsch Collect First Round Wins in Opening Day of ITA All-American Championships
Sophomore defeated Oral Roberts' Michael Sosnowski in straight sets before falling 6-3, 6-2 to Troy's Daniel Bustamante in the first day of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jeffrey Schorsch got past Wichita State's Jocelyn Devilliers in three sets before losing to Rishab Agarwal of Mississippi State in the second round.
Youth Prospers in Singles Play at Vredevelt Invitational
Freshman Garrett Gardner advanced to the championship match of Flight F singles after a 2-0 day at the Vredevelt Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan Saturday. Fellow newcomer Chase Hamilton will compete in Sunday's third place tilt following a win over Michigan State's Paul Heeder.
Opening Day of Vredevelt Invitational in the Books
The Crusader duos of Kyle Dunn/Chase Hamilton and Michael Savaglio/Lucas Waak claimed victories in Flight B and C doubles respectively, Friday. Meanwhile, Brian Hickey teamed up with Cleveland State's Kevin Goth to take an 8-7 victory over Green Bay's Rowan Isaaks/Florian Kraenzler in day one of the Vredevelt Invitational hosted by Western Michigan.
Valpo Sweeps Weekly Horizon League Tennis Honors
Charlie Emhardt and Paige Heuer were both named Horizon League Players of the Week Tuesday after undefeated weeks on the court.
Emhardt & Co. Cap Off Banner Weekend at Purdue Fall Invitational
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt captured the Flight C Singles championshp Sunday morning with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over DePaul's Kyle Johnson. Just a couple hours later, Emhardt teamed up with fellow sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch to take the Flight A Doubles title with a decisive 8-3 win over Cleveland State's Colton Buffington and Alil Shabib. Dave Bacalla and Daniel Oakes were also victorious in the consolation bracket of Flight B Doubles.
Four Crusaders to Compete for Championships at Purdue Fall Invitational Sunday
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt will have a chance to win a singles and doubles title tomorrow at the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. He'll face DePaul's Kyle Johnson in the finals of the Flight C singles bracket before joining Jeffrey Schorsch in the championship match of the Flight A doubles immediately following. The doubles team of Lucas Waak and Michael Savaglio will compete in the finals of the Flight C doubles opposite Western Michigan's Jimmy Beckwith and Maik Steiner at 11:15 am ET.
Crusaders Collect Eight Wins in Opening Day of Purdue Fall Invitational
The Valparaiso men's tennis team racked up eight wins in the opening day of the Purdue Fall Invitational Friday. Second round play continues tomorrow along with the opening of doubles action.
Schorsch, Emhardt Crack ITA Preseason Doubles Top 60
Sophomore doubles tandem received 53rd national ranking in Preseason Men's Doubles Rankings as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Monday. Both were also named to prequalifying singles bracket at the All-American Championships along with fellow sophomore Dave Bacalla.
Fall Tennis Schedules Released
The men's and women's tennis teams released their fall schedules Wednesday. The men's team opens its fall slate at the Purdue Fall Invitational Sept. 19-21 while the women's team begin their fall schedule with a doubleheader versus Aquinas College and Davenport.
Schorsch, Emhardt Earn Runner-Up at ITA National Summer Championships
Sophomore doubles tandem won four straight matches to advance to finals before falling 8-6 to Notre Dame's Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor. The pair scored victories over duos from Indiana, Wofford, and a mixed team of Western Michigan's Cahn and Michigan State's Forman in the process.
Schorsch to Compete at National Summer Circuit Championships
Valparaiso sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch will square up against some of the top singles talent in the nation August 9th-12th at the 2014 ITA/USTA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. Schorsch will also join teammates Charlie Emhardt and Brian Hickey in doubles action.
Schorsch Continues to Scorch Competition
Sophomore singles player downed Michigan State's Brett Forman 6-4, 6-4 in the finals of Monday's ITA Summer Circuit Event hosted by Western Michigan University to claim first summer singles title since Eric Honert in 2012. Schorsch later teamed up with fellow sophomore Charlie Emhardt to advance to the semifinals of the doubles tourney. Junior Lucas Waak also scored a doubles championship at the Bill Van Lieshout Tournament over the weekend.
Men's Tennis Earns ITA All-Academic Accolades
Crusaders were one of just 80 squads named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team; Honert, Savaglio, Schorsch dubbed All-Academic Scholar Athletes for maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5 or higher
Crusader Duo Enjoying Summer Success
Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt claimed doubles victory Tuesday at ITA Summer Circuit event held at Purdue University. The sophomore tandem downed Indiana University's Stefan Lugonjic and Jacob Rother 8-2 to cap a perfect 5-0 run.
Men's Tennis to Hold Free Clinics on July 9th
All ages and skill levels are invited to join the Crusader men's tennis coaching staff for a pair of free clinics on July 9th at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The kid's camp (7-17 years old) runs from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm while the adult camp (18+) will be held from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. No sign up is necessary!