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Crusaders Advance to Semifinals of HL Tourney with 4-3 Win over UIC
Freshman Dave Bacalla defeated UIC's Alan Reifer 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in Valpo's 4-3 win Friday night. (Suzy Waak)
Freshman Dave Bacalla defeated UIC's Alan Reifer 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in Valpo's 4-3 win Friday night. (Suzy Waak)

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Crusader men's tennis team secured their first win ever in the main draw of the Horizon League Conference Tournament with an exciting 4-3 win over the fifth-seeded UIC Flames at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor on Friday night.

"The fight our guys had tonight was unreal. UIC played great and we were able to tough it out when we needed it most," head coach Jim Daugherty said.

Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) and Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) won the first doubles match at No. 3 8-5 over Alan Reifer/Christopher Cole. 

Valpo's No. 2 doubles team of Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg)/Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) won their 19th consecutive match thanks to a narrow 8-7 victory over Alexander Raa/Isaac Lloveras.

Schorsch won his match at No. 1 singles to give Valpo a 2-0 lead after Raa had to retire in the second set. Schorsch had won the first set 6-1.

Isaac Lloveras got the Flames on the scoreboard with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 over Honert.

Emhardt responded with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Carl Hedstrom at No. 5 to give the Brown and Gold a commanding 3-1 lead.

UIC pushed back with a win at No. 4 from Maurizio Feoli. Feoli defeated Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. 

Cole tied things up at 3-3 when he upended Dunn 7-6, 6-4 at No. 6.

The match hung in the balance at No. 2 as the winner of Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Reifer would decide which team would advance. Bacalla took the first set 6-3 before Reifer fought back to take the second 7-6. Bacalla lifted the Crusaders into the semis, claiming the third and decisive set 6-4.

Valpo (19-8) will face the No. 1 seeded Green Bay Phoenix (16-7) Saturday at 3:00 pm ET/2:00pm CT in Ann Arbor.

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