The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team suffered a 6-1 setback on Saturday afternoon at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness Club in Chicago. Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) accounted for Valpo’s team point by winning his match at No. 3 singles.
How It Happened
- Kenyatte topped Tamas Zador 6-4, 6-3, increasing his singles win total to a team-high 13.
- The Blue Demons (8-3) beat the Crusaders (2-4) on the other five singles courts, including at No. 1. Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) received his first loss of the spring, falling to Alex Galoustain, a senior who has garnered all-Big East accolades during his career. Galoustain won in straight sets, 7-6(4), 6-2.
- The only match that needed three sets was at No. 4, where Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) fell 10-6 in a third-set tiebreaker to Christopher Casati.
- Valpo lost at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, while No. 1 went unfinished. Gardner and Kenyatte were bumped up to the top doubles slot for this match, while Kissell and Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) played at No. 2.
The Crusaders will round out a busy weekend by hosting William & Mary on Sunday at noon at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. The Crusaders will look to top Tribe for the second straight year after prevailing in a 4-3 thriller when the two teams hooked up last season.