Men’s Tennis Starts Season on High Note
Friday, September 14, 2018
Men’s Tennis Starts Season on High Note
Brandon Ancona picked up two wins in the first doubles flight and one victory in the first singles flight on Friday.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team opened the 2018-2019 season on Friday as part of the eight-team River Forest Invitational, hosted at the River Forest Tennis Club and Oak Park Tennis Center. Four of Valpo’s top six singles players picked up first-round victories, while two of the top three Valpo doubles pairs have advanced to Saturday’s championship.

How It Happened

  • Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) got his junior season off to a victorious start, prevailing in his first-round singles match 6-1, 7-5 over Marquette’s Greg Anderson in the first singles flight.
  • Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) also started the year in winning fashion, rolling past Detroit Mercy’s Yevhen Sirous 6-0 in the first set before earning a narrow 7-6(8-6) win in Set 2 to nail down the victory in the second singles flight.
  • Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) battled his way to a three-set win in his first-round match at fourth singles. He bounced back from a 3-6 loss to NIU’s Bor Muzar in the first set with 6-4, 10-3 wins in the second and third sets to remain in the winners’ bracket.
  • Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) cruised to a win in the No. 5 singles flight, beating Eastern Illinois’ Braden Davis 6-0, 6-1.
  • Valpo also had good success in doubles, led by the top combo of Ancona and Kenyatte, who rolled to a pair of 6-1 victories. They started their season by topping a team from Youngstown State before sustaining that success with a similar triumph over Detroit Mercy.
  • Valpo’s other successful doubles combination came in the third flight, where Pecyna and Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) joined forces for a pair of wins. They battled their way to a 7-5 win over a Youngstown State combo in the first match before breezing past a UIC pairing 6-2 to move on to Saturday’s No. 3 doubles final.

Inside The Match

  • Ancona garnered the 39th singles win over his career while picking up his 32nd and 33rd doubles wins.
  • Pecyna obtained his 22nd career singles win after moving to 21 career doubles triumphs.
  • Kenyatte gained his 21st career singles win after winning 20 matches as a freshman a year ago. His pair of doubles wins lifted him to 17 for his career.
  • Carvajal started his second year at Valpo with his 17th singles victory since joining the program, while Brozovich hit the 20-win milestone in doubles.

Next Up

Both singles and doubles play at the River Forest Invitational will continue on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. CT at River Forest Tennis Club and Oak Park Tennis Center.