Valpo notched its first 20-win season in program history Sunday following a 6-1 dismissal of the Youngstown State Penguins at the YSU Outdoor Courts.
Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio/Poland) popped the lid off doubles play with a 6-1 victory at No. 3 over Hugo Morth/Youssef Sherif. Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) doubled up Dawoud Kabli/Victor Pereira, 6-3, at No. 1 for the tandem's 28th combined doubles win.
The Crusaders ran rampant in singles play recording wins in five of the six flights.
Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) put Valpo on top 2-0 thanks to a 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Morth at No. 2. Schorsch improved to 27-7 on the season following his 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Remi Chancerel atop singles action.
Youngstown State's Silviu Mistreanu got past Gardner at No. 3, 6-3, 6-3.
Emhardt delivered the match-clinching point just after that, however. The sophomore rallied back for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2 victory against Kabli at No. 4. The win was his 23rd of the year as he improved to 5-1 in Horizon League play.
Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) outlasted Pereira with a 6-0, 3-6, 10-8 win at No. 5.
Freshman Chase Hamilton (Hinsdale, Ill./Central) rounded out the day with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 6 versus Sherif. Hamilton concluded the regular season on an 11-match winning streak in singles play.
Valpo (20-6, 4-2 Horizon) wrapped up the regular season with 20 wins for the first time ever. By virtue of the tiebreaker, the Crusaders earned the #2 seed in the Horizon League Championship. The Brown and Gold will learn their opponent following Friday's quarterfinal match.
The Horizon League Championship will be held at the Schwartz Tennis Center on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette from Friday, April 24th - Sunday, April 26th. The Horizon League website will have the official bracket.