Men's tennis wrapped up a busy weekend with five wins in two different states.
Competing in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., sophomore Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) was victorious over Austin Peay's Iago Seffrin 6-2, 7-6 (5) at the Union High School Courts. All three Crusaders - Emhardt, Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg), and Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) went 1-1 in singles play at the national tournament. (Bacalla's second round match was initially misreported. The sophomore lost to Troy's Daniel Bustamante 6-3, 6-2.) The doubles portion of the ITA All-American Tournament will begin Tuesday. Emhardt and Schorsch will represent Valparaiso in the tournament that consists of only the top 60 doubles teams in the country.
Elsewhere, the 2014 Vredevelt Invitational came to a close in Kalamazoo, Mich. with several Crusaders awarded hardware.
Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio/Poland) defeated Green Bay's Michael Tebon 6-4, 6-1 to capture the Flight F singles championship. The win brought Gardner's win streak to five matches.
Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) shook off a first set loss to defeat Western Michigan's Pablo Mora 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and claim third place in Flight C singles. Like Gardner, Savaglio also improved to 5-2 on the young season.
Freshman Chase Hamilton (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) made quick work of Cleveland State's Nolan Marks, 6-4, 6-3. The victory gave the rookie third place in Flight G.
Junior Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) handed Paul Heeder of Michigan State a 6-1, 6-1 defeat, earning Oakes the Flight G consolation title. The win was Oakes' third in singles play this fall.
In other action, Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) dropped a 6-2, 6-2 match to Xavier's Arthur Stefani in the Flight E consolation finals. Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) fell 6-2, 6-1 to Michigan State's Doug Zade in the Flight D consolation finals.
The Spartans' Alexander Kim got past Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) 6-4, 6-1 in the Flight F consolation title match.
Next up for the Crusaders is the Valparaiso Fall Invitational next weekend. Play gets underway Friday morning at the Valpo Tennis Complex.