On a day when Jeffrey Schorsch’s career singles win total hit triple figures, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to double digits by downing Saint Leo 5-2 in Saint Leo, Fla. The Crusaders have won 10 straight matches and stand at 11-1 this season.
How It Happened
- Schorsch was the first player to finish, walloping Thomas Grinberg 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.
- Kyle Dunn captured a 6-3 win in Set 1 at No. 4 singles against Charles Benet before winning 7-6(2) to nail down the victory in Set 2.
- Brandon Ancona’s win over Oskar Numio at No. 6 singles also came in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2.
- Charlie Emhardt was triumphant as well, beating Francisco Aparicio handily in Set 1 (6-1) before edging him 7-6(2) in the second set.
- The Crusaders suffered setbacks at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, as Dave Bacalla fell 6-3, 6-2 and Chad Kissell was on the losing end of a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 marathon with Saint Leo’s Jamie Bueno.
- Valpo took the doubles point by virtue of wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Schorsch and Emhardt took care of Grinberg and Thomas Suillerot 6-3, while Kissell and Bacalla cruised to a 6-1 win over Bueno and Benet.
Inside the Match
- Saint Leo, a Division-II foe, drops to 4-2 on the season with the loss. The Lions have been a Division-II powerhouse and are ranked No. 2 in the nation in the latest ITA D-II rankings.
- Just two days after becoming the second player in program history to reach 100 doubles wins, Schorsch hit the singles century mark, becoming the first Crusader to do so. The reigning Horizon League Player of the Week, Schorsch is a perfect 10-0 in dual matches this spring.
- Dunn owns the team lead with 16 victories as he upped his mark to 16-6 overall and 9-4 this spring. He has 81 career wins, third in program history.
- Emhardt picked up the win to improve to 13-7 on the season and stay one win ahead of Dunn for second in program history.
- This was the first time in its last seven matches that Valpo allowed the opposition to score more than one team point.
The Crusaders remain in the Sunshine State to take on Duquesne on Friday morning, a match that is slated to get underway at 7 a.m. CT.