Crusaders Gather Five Friday Wins at ITA Midwest Regionals
Friday, October 23, 2015
Crusaders Gather Five Friday Wins at ITA Midwest Regionals

As singles play in the main draw of the ITA Regionals opened Friday, the Crusaders had a record five representatives thanks to a pair of early-morning wins from junior Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) and freshman Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe).

Dunn rallied for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory versus Toledo's Vince Anzalone to move into the 64-player field. Kissell erased any semblance of home-court advantage in his match against Notre Dame's Daniel Rayl. The Crusader freshman dominated the two-time Indiana state singles champion, 6-1, 6-2 to join Dunn, Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg), Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North), and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) in the main draw.

Dunn later fell 6-3, 6-4 to Northwestern's Alp Horoz while Kissell dropped a 6-2, 6-1 tilt to Leopold Gomez Islinger of Green Bay.

The 119th-ranked Schorsch rolled to a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Northern Illinois' Tom Hjertonsson in his first match of the event. Schorsch advances to face Wisconsin's Alexander Kokorev Saturday at 10:30 am CT. 

Western Michigan's Matej Svjetlicic defeated Bacalla, 6-2, 6-1, in their Round of 64 matchup.

Emhardt and Notre Dame's Eddy Covalschi engaged in a long-winded affair before Covalschi emerged with a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) win.

The Crusaders went 2-3 in the opening round of doubles play.

Schorsch/Emhardt, the fourth seed in the tournament, coasted to an 8-4 victory versus Green Bay's Rowan Isaaks/Miles McDowell. They'll take on Detroit's Patryk Koscielski/Nicholas Solarewicz Saturday evening at a time to be determined.

Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio/Poland) and Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) gutted out an 8-6 win over Horizon League foes Andre Mick and Joe VanMeter of Cleveland State. The Crusader duo will now challenge the second-ranked Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan of Notre Dame on Saturday evening.

Dunn and Kissell fell 8-2 to Wisconsin's Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy while Ohio State's Chris Diaz and Harkko Pollanen charged past Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) and Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford), 8-1.

Toledo's Vince Anzalone and Luka Vitosevic doubled up Bacalla and Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North), 8-4, in their Round of 32 match.

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