Valparaiso University men’s tennis senior Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) opened the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. with a victory over Pepperdine’s Guilherme Hadlich on Thursday.
How It Happened
- Schorsch, seeded 18th in the 32-team field, dropped the first set 6-3, but then rallied to advance with a three-set win. He pulled out a tightly-contested second set 7-5, then secured the dramatic triumph by prevailing 6-3 in the decisive set over Hadlich, the No. 15 seed.
- Schorsch will face Kentucky’s Ryotaro Matsumura, who advanced with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Jacob Whalley, on Friday afternoon. Matsumura, the reigning SEC co-Freshman of the Year, is seeded second in the event.
- The Oracle ITA Masters features only one man and one woman from each Division-I conference.
- Schorsch now has 88 career wins, extending his school record.
The Oracle/ITA Masters will continue with the Schorsch-Matsumura match on Friday, while the rest of the Crusaders will take part in the Crusader Invitational, which gets underway Friday in Valparaiso.