Valparaiso University Sports Update, November 7, 2016

By: Valparaiso University Last Updated: November 7, 2016

VU-Swimming-Takes-On-SVSU-SundaySwimming Takes On SVSU Sunday
The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s swim teams traveled northeast to take on the Cardinals from Saginaw Valley State on Sunday. The Crusaders dropped the meet to SVSU on the men’s side, 147-66, and on the women’s side, 142-66.

How It Happened

Next Up
Valpo begins a two-meet homestand next week beginning on Sunday, Nov. 13, as Western Illinois comes to town. The meet is slated to start at noon at the ARC swimming pool.

Magical National Indoor Run Concludes with Runner-up Finish
When Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) received the news they had qualified for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the duo had already achieved an unprecedented feat for the program.

Little did anyone know, qualifying for the event was only the beginning for the Valpo seniors.

The end came on Sunday at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., as Schorsch and Emhardt fell 6-3, 7-5 to Wake Forest’s Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri in the USTA/ITA National Indoor final match.

The Crusaders fended off a match point to stay alive and extend the second set by drawing even 5-5. However, Seraphim and Mansouri, the No. 2 seed in the event and the No. 3 team in the nation, eventually prevailed.

The loss snapped a stretch of four straight victories for Schorsch and Emhardt. Qualifying for the event had cemented their status as one of the top 20 doubles teams in the nation. Reaching the final two as a wild card selection made the feat all the more noteworthy.

Along the way, Schorsch and Emhardt dispatched two teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation, California’s Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat (No. 2) and Columbia’s Richard Pham and Victor Pham (No. 7). The 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9) win over the nation’s No. 2 team on Thursday is one that will be remembered for years to come.

Schorsch and Emhardt finish the fall season 10-4, extending their program record for career doubles wins.

Next, the Crusaders will take some time away from match competition before returning to the courts in January. Valpo will enter the spring as heavy favorites to repeat as Horizon League champions and make a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. For now, however, they’ll take some time to soak up the excitement of a Cinderella run that will live on in Valpo lore.

Five-Set Match Goes Against Crusaders Saturday
The Valparaiso University volleyball team led Green Bay in Horizon League play Saturday evening at the ARC, two sets to one, but the Phoenix claimed the final two sets to earn the 3-2 win and spoil the Crusaders’ Senior Night.

How It Happened

Inside the Match

Next Up
The Crusaders (14-17, 5-9 Horizon) close out the 2016 home slate at the ARC Wednesday evening at the ARC as they host Oakland. First serve is slated for 6 p.m., and all the action can be seen live on ESPN3, WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Links for the live coverage will be available via

Crusaders Drop Road Finale at Dayton
The Valparaiso University football team racked up 351 yards of total offense and ran for 182 yards, but Dayton quarterback Alex Jeske accounted for four touchdowns to help the Flyers to a 37-21 win over the Crusaders on Saturday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

How It Happened

Inside the Game

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Cecchini

Next Up
The Crusaders (3-7, 2-5 PFL) round out the regular season against Jacksonville (4-4, 3-2) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The game can be heard on WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso. Links to live audio and stats will be available on

Unforgettable Week Continues as Emhardt, Schorsch Move on to National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Final Match
Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) will play for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate title on Sunday.

Schorsch and Emhardt stayed unbeaten in the tournament and continued their unprecedented run by dispatching Columbia brother duo Victor and Richard Pham on Saturday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

The Valpo pair pulled out the first set 7-6 (10-8), then clinched a spot in the championship match with a 6-3 win in Set 2.

The Crusaders received a USTA wild card berth in the event, and have proved they belong in the field every step of the way. Now, only one win separates them from a national indoor title. Schorsch and Emhardt are the third team from a non-Power 5 conference to make the men’s doubles final in the last 10 years.

With a win on Sunday, they would become the first Horizon League representatives to ever win the event. In order to clear that final hurdle, they will have to get through Wake Forest’s Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim, who won a three-set thriller over Michigan’s Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong 3-6, 7-5, 10-4 in Saturday’s semifinal.

Had Malik and Wong won, it would have set up a rematch of the ITA Midwest Regional final, in which Malik and Wong eked out a compelling win to nab the automatic qualifying spot. Instead, the Crusaders will deal with the Wake Forest duo, which is the No. 2 seed in the event and the No. 3 team in the nation in the most recent Oracle ITA Division-I Men’s National Doubles Rankings.

Seraphin and Mansouri were doubles all-Americans a year ago. Seraphim also had 35 singles wins to tie for third in single-season program history, while Mansouri was all-ACC first team and a singles All-American by virtue of his 33-11 record and 17 wins against ranked opponents.

Live stats of Sunday’s championship match will be available on

Valpo Falls to Wright State, Clinches Spot in Horizon League Tournament
The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team allowed two second-half goals in a 2-0 loss to Horizon League regular season champion Wright State on Friday night at Brown Field. By virtue of Milwaukee’s dramatic 1-0 win over Cleveland State, which came on a 90th minute goal, the Crusaders have secured a spot in the Horizon League Tournament and will play at Milwaukee in the first round on Monday.

How It Happened

Inside the Match

Next Up
The Crusaders (10-5-3, 4-3-2) turn their attention to the Horizon League Tournament for a first-round road fixture with Milwaukee (8-7-2, 5-3-1) at 7 p.m. Central Time. Links to live coverage will be available on

Crusaders Sweep UIC Friday Evening
The Valparaiso University volleyball team took care of business Friday night at the ARC in Horizon League action, sweeping visiting UIC, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-15).

How It Happened

Inside the Match

Thoughts From Head Coach Carin Avery
“Coming down the stretch of league play, everybody has a lot to play for – whether its teams battling for seeds or teams fighting to get into the tournament. So there’s a lot of pressure on everyone right now to perform, and I thought we came out and handled the pressure well tonight.”

“We’ve been working on some new things in practice this last week with the system we’re running, and I thought we did an excellent job implementing those ideas into tonight’s match.”

Next Up
The Crusaders (14-16, 5-8 Horizon) continue the three-match homestand on Saturday afternoon as they host Green Bay at 4 p.m. The match can be seen live on ESPN3, WatchESPN and the ESPN app, and heard live on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso), with links for the live video, audio and stats available via It will also be Senior Night for Valpo, as the program honors its six seniors following the match.

Emhardt, Schorsch Punch Ticket to Semifinals as ITA National Indoor Run Rolls On
Another day, another victory for Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles players Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) and Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel).

A day after upstaging the tournament’s No. 1 seed, the Crusader pair captured its third win in as many matches in Flushing, N.Y. on Friday, besting Ole Miss’s Fabian Fallert and Grey Hamilton to secure a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.

Schorsch and Emhardt took the first set 6-2, with help from four double faults by the Rebels. The second set was a seesaw affair that saw the Crusaders notch a 6-4 win to put the match away.

Now, Valpo has an opportunity to earn a spot in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships final match with a win on Saturday.

The duo made Valpo history when it qualified for the tournament, which features the top 20 doubles teams in the nation. They made the field by virtue of a USTA wild card selection, becoming the first Crusader pair to qualify. They’ve added to the historic run with each passing win, and will be one of four doubles teams standing going into Saturday.

In the semifinals, Emhardt and Schorsch will face Columbia’s Richard Pham and Victor Pham, who defeated a UC Santa Barbara pair 7-6 (5), 2-6, 1-0 (8) in Friday’s quarterfinals. The brothers are ranked No. 7 in the nation. Victor, a sophomore, was a blue-chip recruit out of high school, ranking as high as No. 11 in the class of 2015. Richard, a senior, advanced to the NCAA doubles tournament alongside Shawn Hadavi last season.

The winner of Saturday’s match between Emhardt-Schorsch and Pham-Pham will advance to the championship match on Sunday.