All seven Valparaiso University men’s tennis players were victorious in their singles matches on Saturday, and four of them punched their ticket to championship matches in their respective flights of the River Forest Invitational. In addition, Valpo’s top doubles pair was triumphant in Saturday’s championship match.
How It Happened
- Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) and Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) came out on top in the championship match of the first doubles draw, topping a Northern Illinois duo 8-2.
- Ancona capped a strong day personally with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Detroit Mercy’s Luka Soskic to advance to the final match of the top singles flight.
- Valpo will also have a player competing for a championship in the second singles draw as Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) enjoyed a semifinal victory on Saturday, taking a three-set thriller from Youngstown State’s Joao Mendonca Garretto 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.
- Kenyatte also has a chance to add to his doubles title with a singles championship on Sunday, as he topped Detroit Mercy’s Gvidas Motuzas 7-6(8-6), 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
- Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) made sure there will be four Valpo players competing for a title as he rolled past Ignacio Tintore of Saint Louis 6-2, 6-3 to reach the No. 5 singles championship.
- At No. 3 singles, Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) rebounded from a Friday setback with a 5-7, 7-5, 10-8 win in the consolation bracket, coming from a set down to beat Marquette’s Julian Robinson.
- Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) also earned a bounce-back win, reaching the fifth-place match at sixth singles by virtue of a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over John Paul McKenzie of Saint Louis.
- In the No. 7 singles draw, Nick Marino (Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North) entered the win column with a 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-6 win to make it a clean sweep for Valpo in singles play on a successful Saturday.
Inside The Match
- Ancona nabbed the 40th singles win of his career while picking up his 34th doubles win.
- Pecyna earned the 23rd singles win of his career.
- Kenyatte gained his 22nd career singles win and 18th doubles win as only a sophomore.
- Carvajal is up to 18 singles victories, while Langston (25), Brozivch (22) and Marino (7) added to their career totals as well.
Doubles play has wrapped up for the weekend, but one play of singles action remains on Sunday at River Forest Tennis Club and Oak Park Tennis Center.