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Mens' Tennis Takes Six Singles Matches in Day 1 at Purdue Invitational
Sophomore Lucas Waak defeated Case Western Reserve's Santiago Guerra 6-2, 6-3 in Friday's opening round singles match at the Purdue Invitational.
Sophomore Lucas Waak defeated Case Western Reserve's Santiago Guerra 6-2, 6-3 in Friday's opening round singles match at the Purdue Invitational.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Freshman Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) made a convincing statement via a 6-1, 6-1 win over Wright State's No. 1 Haydin Joblin Friday at the Purdue Invitational. Last March, Joblin downed Eric Honert (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) in straight sets en route to a 7-0 Wright State shutout. Valpo appears poised to wreak some havoc once the Horizon League schedule rolls around. Bacalla is now 4-0 on the young season, the last remaining Crusader singles starter to keep a perfect record. Bacalla has another date with a Horizon League opponent in tomorrow's second round match. He'll play Green Bay's Howard Scott.

Fellow freshmen Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) also defeated their first round foes in straight set fashion. Schorsch defeated University of Chicago's Deepak Sabada 6-4, 6-1 before Emhardt handed a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Niel Karandikar, also of University of Chicago. 

Honert inched closer to becoming Valpo's all-time winningest singles player with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Wright State's Michael Lyzwa. Honert will get a chance to tie Nate Buckert's record of 57 career singles victories tomorrow against Xavier University's Michael Moe. 

Sophomore Michael Savaglio (Kenosha, Wis./Mary D. Bradford) dispatched Washington University-St. Louis's Josh Cogan 6-3, 6-3. Savaglio advances to face IUPUI's Jacob Hedderig in the winner's bracket tomorrow.

Sophomore Lucas Waak (Manitowoc, Wis./Roncalli) was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Case Western Reserve's Santiago Guerra. 

Freshman Kyle Dunn (Fon du Lac, Wis./Fon du Lac) dropped his first match of the season 6-1, 6-3 to Purdue's Mateus Silva. Michael Baiocchi (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), Brian Hickey (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick), and Danny Oakes (Elburn, Ill./Saint Charles North) also suffered first-round losses.

While a 6-4 record in singles matches with such a young roster represents positive reinforcement head coach Jim Daugherty, the Crusaders struggled in the doubles half of the Purdue Invitational. Out of the five opening round doubles matches played, Valpo was unable to secure a win in any one.

The duo of Oakes and Waak fell in a tight 9-8 match versus Iowa's tandem of Chase Tomlins and Nils Hallestrand. 

Schorsch and Honert led 5-2 in their doubles tilt before Western Michigan's Andrew Cahn and Marc Shideler rallied for six straight games in their 8-5 victory.

Play continues tomorrow during Day 2 of the Purdue Invitational at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo