Doubles Play Gets Underway at ITA Midwest Regional
Friday, October 19, 2018
Doubles Play Gets Underway at ITA Midwest Regional
Kweisi Kenyatte picked up his 10th doubles win of the season on Friday.

The top Valparaiso University men’s tennis doubles duo picked up a first-round win, highlighting the first day of doubles action on Friday at the ITA Midwest Regional hosted by Notre Dame. Valpo’s Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) and Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) continued their strong fall with an opening-round victory.

How It Happened

  • Ancona and Kenyatte led the way for Valpo with a Round 1 win over Chicago State’s Martinez/Savard in an 8-5 match.
  • The Valpo duo incurred an 8-4 defeat to Joyce/Tubert of Ohio State in Round 2.
  • Valpo had two other doubles teams participate in the event. Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) and Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) fell to Gota/Griffin of host Notre Dame in a close 8-7 match. Elsewhere, Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) came up shy in their match against Youngstown State’s Garreto/Veremeichuk by a score of 8-4.

Inside the Matches

  • Ancona and Kenyatte picked up their 10th win as a pair this fall. Their loss to Ohio State marked just the second defeat of the season for the top Valpo doubles duo.
  • The setback, which snapped a five-match winning streak, came against quality competition as Ohio State’s Martin Joyce was a 2018 Doubles All-American and Second Team All-Big Ten performer who was named to the 2018 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. Hunter Tubert was also a member of the 2018 NCAA All-Tournament Team and was a 2017 Big Ten Doubles Champion.
  • Ancona is up to 41 career doubles wins, while Kenyatte has 25 in only his second season on campus.

Next Up

The ITA Midwest Regional will continue on Saturday with a pair of Valpo individuals slated to compete in main draw singles. Ancona will face off with Notre Dame’s Guillermo Cabrera, while Kenyatte will match up with Notre Dame’s William Howell.