The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team saw its top doubles combination reach the championship match of Flight A at the Western Michigan Invitational on Friday in Kalamazoo. Weather moved play indoors, so all of the event’s doubles matches were contested on Day 1 with no singles action taking place.
How It Happened
- Valpo’s top doubles team of Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) and Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) extended their winning streak to five before incurring their first loss of the season in the Flight A championship. After winning 6-2 in the first round, the Valpo pair pulled out a 6-4 victory over fellow Summit League duo Egehan Sertkaya and Diego Le Gal Perez of Illinois State in the semifinal.
- Ancona and Kenyatte saw their first setback of the season take place at the hands of Butler’s Mason Dragos and Aviv Ben Shabat in the final, falling 6-3.
- In Flight C, Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) and Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) battled their way to a 7-5(4) win over the Butler tandem of Temilope Adelakun and Adrian Mag in the opening round. Pecyna and Langston dropped their semifinal match to Jack Randall and Kennosuke Nouchi of host Western Michigan by a score of 6-2.
- Valpo’s Flight D representatives were Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) and Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern), who fell 6-3 to the University of Chicago combo of Charlie Pei and Joshua Xu in the first round.
Inside The Match
- Kenyatte reached the 20-win mark for his doubles career, while Ancona obtained his 35th and 36th career doubles victories.
- Pecyna picked up career doubles win No. 24, while Langston earned his 22nd doubles triumph.
- Pecyna and Langston were paired together for the first time this season, as were Carvajal and Brozovich. Pecyna and Langston went 3-3 together last year, while Carvajal and Brozovich had played just one match together prior to Friday.
Two rounds of singles will take place on Saturday as play continues at the Western Michigan Invitational.