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Men's Tennis Defeats Western Michigan for First Time in Program History
Freshman Dave Bacalla won in straight sets Saturday over WMU's Ruben Greiner. (Suzy Waak)
Freshman Dave Bacalla won in straight sets Saturday over WMU's Ruben Greiner. (Suzy Waak)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The 25th time was the charm for the Crusaders.

Valpo entered Saturday's tilt versus Western Michigan 0-24 in the previous 24 meetings. Individual points even came at a premium as the Broncos have historically handled the Brown and Gold with little resistance. But the young Crusaders flipped the script in Kalamazoo as they gutted out a 4-3 win at the West Hills Athletic Club.

"This was one of the biggest wins in our program's history. Our guys had so much energy today. I really can't express how proud I am of them," head coach Jim Daugherty said. 

The two teams split the singles matches, but a strong showing from the doubles teams of Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North)/Daniel Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) and Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg)/Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) catapulted the Crusaders to the statement win.

Bacalla and Oakes edged out Stephen Payne/Nadin Indre 8-5 at No. 1 doubles. The battle at No. 2 doubles went the distance as Schorsch and Emhardt prevailed over Jim Beckwith and Ruben Greiner 7-3 in the tiebreaker of the 8-7 match.

Western Michigan knotted the match up at 1-1 with a Beckwith 6-3, 6-2 win over Savaglio at No. 3 singles.

Schorsch etched his name into Valpo's record book with a 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. The freshman is now tied for seventh place for singles victories in a season.

Bacalla put Valpo ahead 3-1 at No. 2 singles via a 6-1, 7-6 (11-9) triumph over Greiner. Bacalla is now 8-2 in his last ten singles tilts.

Emhardt clinched the team victory for the Brown and Gold after he handed Pablo Mora a 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-1) defeat at No. 6 singles. 

Matt Hamilton got past freshman Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) at No. 5 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 result.

Honert took the first set 6-2 over Andrew Cahn, but Cahn rallied to take the second set 7-5 before squeaking out a 7-6 win in the decisive third set via a 7-5 advantage in the tiebreaker.

Valparaiso (7-2) returns to the court Sunday evening to face #29 Northwestern at 7 pm in Evanston. 

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