Crusaders sweep Youngstown, Cleveland

This is Valparaiso University, where the men’s basketball team is the one everyone focuses on and other teams don’t get talked about as much.

While obviously that focus is well deserved given how the basketball team has performed the past couple years, there’s one team in particular that has been under the radar, and dominant.

That team is the men’s tennis team.

This is a team that in all honesty, has become one of, if not the best athletic teams on this campus.

It’s a team that has the star in Jeffrey Schorsch, who is putting together another dominant season, at 21-6 singles wise and 25-7 while being part of four different pairs in doubles.

It’s a team that has the talent under the star to consistently dominate, whether it’s Schorsch’s main doubles partner in Charlie Emhardt, an extremely talented sophomore in Chad Kissell, or a senior who has played extremely well as of late, in Dave Bacalla.

Because many key players are seniors, this is the year for this team to make its biggest splash.

The Crusaders are a near lock to win the Horizon League, and have made quick work of their three conference foes thus far, beating UIC, Youngstown State, and Cleveland State all 7-0.

Along with that, they’ve played well in non-conference as well. Though suffering a pair of losses this past weekend, the Crusaders have secured wins over some big name schools, like Butler and Xavier.

So while everyone is focused on the nice weather of spring and wants to be outside, don’t forget the men’s tennis team.

Like stated above, this team has a chance to make a deep run into the postseason as their season continues.

If they play to their potential, this is a team that can do serious damage when it matters most.

The key of course, with all teams, will be for this roster to stay healthy down the stretch. Thus far, they’ve been able to, and it’s been crucial to the run they’ve had.

The Crusaders finish the regular season with four straight Horizon League matchups, on the road at Northern Kentucky and Wright State before hosting Green Bay and Detroit Mercy.

April 28 is the beginning of the postseason with the Horizon League Tournament. Save the date, it could be the beginning of a long run.

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.

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