Emhardt & Co. Cap Off Banner Weekend at Purdue Fall Invitational
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Emhardt & Co. Cap Off Banner Weekend at Purdue Fall Invitational
Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt posed with their first place trophy. The pair claimed the Doubles Flight A Championship at Purdue this past weekend. (Purdue Athletics)

Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg)'s doubles conquest over the rest of the Midwest continued Sunday in the final day of the Purdue Fall Invitational. 

The sophomore tandem entered the tourney as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Preseason Top 60 selection. Emhardt and Schorsch validated that ranking with an 8-3 victory in the Flight A doubles finals. Dating back to last year, the duo has won 24 consecutive doubles matches. Furthermore, the pair have lost just one doubles match since arriving to Valparaiso.

The doubles title wasn't the only hardware Emhardt took away from this weekend. He earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory over DePaul's Kyle Johnson in the finals of the Flight C singles finals. He is now 4-0 in both singles and doubles after a perfect weekend.

In other doubles action, Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) topped Case Western Reserve's Will Drougas/Andrew Komarov 8-2 in the consolation finals of Flight B doubles.

The Crusaders nearly claimed three doubles titles, but Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) and Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) fell 8-7 (7-3) in the championships of Flight C doubles.

Eastern Kentucky's Diego Asis got past Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) 6-1, 6-4 in the Flight F singles consolation finals. Hickey finished the weekend with two victories. 

In other singles action, freshman Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio/Poland) collected a 6-3, 6-0 win over Toledo's Omar Espinosa, while Savaglio defeated Case Western Reserve's Joshua Dughi 6-4, 6-3.

Overall, the Brown and Gold went 39-16 as a team at the Purdue Fall Invitational, including a 16-4 doubles mark.

The ITA All-American Championships await Schorsch, Emhardt, and Bacalla in Tulsa next weekend while the rest of the team will compete at the Western Michigan Invitational in Kalamazoo.