Men's Tennis Rebounds to Score Decisive Win in Spring Opener
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Men's Tennis Rebounds to Score Decisive Win in Spring Opener
Lucas Waak was victorious in doubles play and delivered the match-clinching win at No. 5 singles Saturday at Toledo. (Ruoxi Wang)

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.

"This was a great team win. To go on the road against a very tough team and come back after losing the doubles point required a huge performance from all of the guys, and they delivered," head coach Jim Daugherty said.

Toledo gained an early edge in doubles play via a 6-1 win from Nicky Wong/Mark Singnil over Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North)/Chase Hamilton (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) at No. 2. The Crusaders' No. 3 team of Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli)/Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio/Poland) temporarily evened things up following a 6-4 decision over Omar Espinosa/Roberto Meza. 

The Rockets claimed the doubles point in a narrow duel at No. 1. Garrett Cona/Stjepan Sisko outlasted Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg)/Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), 7-6 (6).

Valpo's deficit expanded to 2-0 following Bacalla's 6-1, 6-3 loss to Sisko at No. 1 singles.

But the tide turned after that.

Gardner got the Brown and Gold on the scoreboard with a 6-2, 6-2 dispatching of Cona at No. 4. Schorsch, who was playing five minutes from his hometown of Perrysburg, tied the match at 2-2 following his 6-3, 6-4 dismissal of Singnil. 

Waak gave the Crusaders their first lead after handing Espinoza a 7-5, 6-3 defeat at No. 5.

Valpo clinched the match via Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac)'s three-set win at No. 6. He was on the winning end of a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 hard-fought match.

Emhardt provided the icing on the cake with a marathon victory at No. 3. The sophomore went the distance with Wong before prevailing with a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 10-5 victory.

The Crusaders (1-0) will host a pair of matches next weekend at the Courts of NWI.

IPFW (2-0) comes to town Saturday at 2:00 pm before IUPUI will challenge the Brown and Gold on Sunday at 2:30 pm. The Jaguars (1-4) dropped a 6-1 decision to Cleveland State last Friday in Indianapolis.