Valpo men’s tennis came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Western Michigan 4-3. Seniors Jeffrey Schorsch, Charlie Emhardt, Dave Bascalla and Kyle Dunn each had huge wins for Valpo during the singles matches to help the Crusaders secure a win on Sunday.
“It wasn’t the prettiest win we’ve ever had,” coach Jim Daugherty said. “But we’ll take an ugly win any day.”
Even though Valpo came out on top, Daugherty didn’t think the Crusaders played their best tennis, and it was evident during the doubles matches. Western Michigan won two of the three doubles matches and the third was not finished because WMU had already won the doubles event.
“Our doubles were down early,” senior Kyle Dunn said. “We had to take four of the six singles if we wanted to win.”
Dunn also said that WMU’s courts were fast, and that might have given the Broncos a slight advantage early in the event. However, Valpo would adapt and eventually come back during the singles. Dunn wasn’t too concerned with the other courts as he was concentrated on his opponent and trying to do the best he could to get Valpo closer to a win.
“Charlie (Emhardt) and Jeffrey (Schorsch) won their singles to make it 3-2, so it just came down to me and Dave (Bacalla),” Dunn said.
Bacalla and Dunn came through and won both of their sets to secure the Valpo victory. Bacalla won his set in three games and Dunn sealed the deal in four.
“(This win) was one of the best feelings we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Schorsch said. “It was an amazing feeling for all of our seniors to get the win for us.”
Schorsch also said that WMU was one of their toughest opponents and that the team will be riding the momentum from this win into future matches this season.
“We’ve gotten a lot of our toughest matches out of the way so we want to carry that momentum going into conference play and the conference tournament,” Schorsch said.
Up next for Valpo men’s tennis is matchups against Xavier and Eastern Illinois at the Courts of NWI this weekend.