Men's Tennis Nets Singles, Doubles Wins in Main Draw of ITA Regionals
Friday, October 17, 2014
Men's Tennis Nets Singles, Doubles Wins in Main Draw of ITA Regionals
Jeffrey Schorsch recorded a three-set win in the opening round of the singles main draw of the ITA Regionals Friday. (Ruoxi Wang)

For the first time in school history, the Crusaders recorded wins in both singles and doubles play in the main draw of the ITA Regionals. 

Sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) went toe-to-toe with Northern Illinois' Simon Formont in the opening round before emerging with a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3 victory. Schorsch will square off against Aron Hiltzik of Illinois Saturday morning at 8:45 am CT. Hiltzik boasts the No. 13 ranking in the tournament.

Fellow sophomore Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) advanced to the main draw after a speedy 6-1, 6-1 win over Marquette's Gleb Sklyr early Friday morning. Emhardt later succumbed to Northwestern's Konrad Zieba in a hard-fought first round match, 6-3, 6-4.

Sophomore Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) gave the sixth-ranked Sam Shropshire all he could handle in their opening round contest. The sophomore from Northwestern defeated Bacalla 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

The Brown and Gold experienced great success in doubles play as they registered a 2-1 record in the main draw.

Emhardt and Schorsch met little resistance in their first round match. The third-ranked team breezed past NIU's tandem of Kevin Daun/Louis-Philippe Hamel, 8-1. They advance to the Round of 32 where they'll face Ohio State's Matt Mendez/Riley Reist on Saturday.

Bacalla and freshman Chase Hamilton (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) upset the 13th-ranked doubles team of Alexander Kokorev/Lamar Remy from Wisconsin, 8-6. Bacalla/Hamilton will meet Marquette's Kristiyan Trukov/Andre Romanello Saturday in the Round of 32.

Junior Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) and sophomore Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) took the 15th-ranked Alex Pasareanu/Mihir Kumar to the brink. However, the Northwestern pair prevailed 8-6.

Singles and doubles play continues Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Check for score updates throughout the day.