Freshman Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) beat his second nationally-ranked opponent Sunday evening when he outlasted #81 Sam Shropshire 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Evanston.
With the win, Schorsch improved to 17-5 in singles play and has won six straight matches. He's also 9-1 in his last ten contests.
As a team, Valpo lost 6-1 but competed with the 29th-ranked team in the nation at a number of singles matches.
The Wildcats won the doubles point with victories at No. 2 and No. 3. Schorsch and sophomore Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) fell 8-2 before Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) and Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) dropped an 8-4 decision to Fedor Baev/Strong Kirchheimer at No. 3 doubles.
Northwestern's Alp Horoz won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles over Waak. Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) gave Kirchheimer a solid match at No. 3 singles, but lost 6-4, 6-2.
The Wildcats clinched the match once Baev dispatched freshman Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.
Schorsch's victory followed for the Crusaders' lone point.
Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Mihir Kumar went toe-to-toe at No. 2 singles. Kumar claimed a narrow 7-6, 6-4 triumph.
After he dropped the first set 6-1, Honert battled back against Alex Pasareanu to take the second set to a tiebreak before conceding 7-6.
The Crusaders (7-3) will have a couple weeks off before hitting the road to Orlando for their spring break trip. Valpo has six matches scheduled in a six-day span.