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Men's Tennis Opens Season with Pair of Victories
Freshman Dave Bacalla won two doubles matches and a singles match Saturday at the Courts of NWI.
Freshman Dave Bacalla won two doubles matches and a singles match Saturday at the Courts of NWI.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Crusader men opened their season with a bang Saturday at the Courts of NWI as they collected convincing wins over Indiana Wesleyan and Olivet Nazarene. Simultaneously, Saturday represented the spring opener for Valpo's most highly-touted recruiting class. 

In the morning tilt, Valpo surrendered just six games in the three doubles matches. 

Freshmen Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrsyburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) rolled over Leonard Mathews and Gavin White 8-1. 

The Crusaders clinched the doubles point thanks to a victory from Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) at No. 1 doubles. The team handed IWU's Kyle Johnson and Brandon Dubuque an 8-3 defeat.

The No. 3 doubles duo of Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) and Kyle Dunn (Fond Du Lac, Wis./Fond Du Lac) swept the doubles portion of the match with an 8-2 triumph over Adam Wroughton and Daniel Smith.

Singles play brought the Brown and Gold equal success. 

Sophomore Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) recorded a 6-2, 6-0 straight set win over Smith at No. 5 singles before Savaglio prevailed at No. 2 over Brandon Dubuque handily, 6-2, 6-2. 

Valpo secured the fourth and decisive point of the match when Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) defeated Wroughton 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.

Schorsch reached the 10-win mark with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Johnson at No. 1 singles.

Valpo's winningest singles player in program history Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) added to his record with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph at No. 3.

Dunn made it a perfect sweep with a win in a marathon 7-5, 5-7, 11-9 match.

After a short break, Valparaiso advanced to 2-0 on the day taking the back end of the twinbill 7-0 over Olivet Nazarene.  

The No. 1 doubles team of Bacalla and Oakes made it two doubles wins in a row with an 8-5 win over Landon Williams and Navarro Veys.

Valparaiso was awarded the doubles point after Dunn and sophomore Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) made quick work of Oscar Mancineiras and Peter Jensen 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.

Honert and Waak kept the Crusaders perfect on the day at doubles with an 8-7 (7-3) victory at No. 2.

Schorsch cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Veys at No. 1 singles. Savaglio followed suit with another straight win. The sophomore beat Juan Morales 6-1, 6-2.

Emhardt clinched the match for Valpo with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Peter Jensen at No. 6.

Waak improved his individual singles record to 10-2 with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph against Caio Barros.

Bacalla outlasted Mancineiras 7-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

Olivet Nazarene was able to salvage a point at No. 4 when Williams downed Honert in three sets, 0-6, 6-1, 10-5.

The Crusaders return to action next Saturday in Indianapolis when they take on the Butler Bulldogs at 1:00 pm.

 

 

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Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo