Brian Pecyna and Chad Kissell have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2015-16 season. Pecyna, a Glen Ellyn, Illnois native, is ranked 218th in the nation. Kissell, an exceptional all-around athlete from Pennyslvania, is ranked second in the Middle States and 65th in the country.
The Valparaiso men's and women's tennis teams released its respective schedules Tuesday. The men host IPFW on Friday, January 30th at the Courts of NWI in their first home match of the spring while the women's home opener is slated for Friday, February 13th versus Nebraska-Omaha.
Eric Honert, Valparaiso men's tennis all-time leader in singles victories, earned the 2014 Vernon John Award last week. The award recognizes the year's outstanding Colorado collegiate male player. Meanwhile, freshman Garrett Gardner was elected as the boy’s recipient of the Diane McNeal Jr. Sportsmanship Award per the Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association.
It took the 16th-ranked doubles team in the country to finally slow down the sophomore duo of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka scored a narrow 6-4, 6-4 win over the Crusader tandem in the semifinals of the ITA Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich. Schorsch/Emhardt advanced to the semis after they blew past Notre Dame's Drew Dawson/Eric Schnurrenberger, 8-1, in the quarterfinals.
The Valpo men's tennis program entered this week's ITA Regionals in search of its first ever doubles win. Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt have steamrolled their way into the quarterfinals and now stand two victories away from the championship match.
Jeffrey Schorsch outlasted NIU's Simon Formont in three sets to win his opening round match in singles play at the ITA Regionals. Schorsch later paired up with Charlie Emhardt as the duo coasted to an 8-1 victory in the main draw. Teammates Dave Bacalla and Chase Hamilton got in on the fun with an 8-6 triumph over Wisconsin's #1 doubles team.
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt defeated Notre Dame's Drew Dawson and NIU's Kevin Daun in straight sets to advance to the Round of 16 in the qualifying draw at the ITA Regionals Thursday. Junior Michael Savaglio and sophomore Kyle Dunn fell in both of their first two singles matches. Main draw play begins Friday afternoon.
Michael Savaglio went undefeated in both singles and doubles play at the Valparaiso Fall Invitational. Thanks to wins over Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, and Western Illinois, the junior is now 9-2 in singles action and 8-3 in doubles play.