Men’s Tennis Uses Complete Team Effort to Finish Perfect Weekend
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Men’s Tennis Uses Complete Team Effort to Finish Perfect Weekend
Brian Pecyna grabbed his 13th win of the season on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team played well up and down the lineup on Saturday evening, cruising to a 7-0 victory over Lamar in a neutral-site match in Tulsa, Okla. The victory allowed Valpo to cap the road trip with a perfect 2-0 record.

How It Happened

  • After dropping the doubles point on Friday, Valpo bounced back to win the point on Saturday against Lamar (2-7). Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) and Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) topped Brock Lauer and Carlson Paton Canal 6-1 in the first match to finish at No. 3, before Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) nailed down a 7-5 win at the top spot to clinch the doubles point.
  • The No. 2 doubles match was tied 6-6 when play was stopped.
  • For the second consecutive night, singles was all Valpo. Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) was the first to finish with his 6-4, 6-2 win over Carlos Paton Canal, while Kissell downed Vila Antuna 6-4, 6-4 at the top spot.
  • Valpo clinched the team win once Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) sealed his 6-4, 6-3 win over Nicholas Mayr at No. 2. The wins kept coming as Langston fended off Arthur Serafim 6-1, 7-6(4) at No. 5.
  • Pecyna was a 7-6(3), 6-3 winner against Taylor at fourth singles, while Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) completed the Valpo whitewash with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Lauer.

Inside the Match

  • Kissell upped his career singles win total to 72, fourth in program history. He needs three more to tie current assistant coach Dave Bacalla (2013-2017) for third all-time.
  • Ancona still leads the team in singles wins with 14.
  • Kenyatte is now 6-1 on the spring and has 11 wins for the season.
  • Carvajal has thrived throughout the spring and owns a 7-1 mark since the turn of the calendar year.
  • Pecyna is up to 13 season wins, while Langston has 11.
  • In doubles, Kissell picked up his 65th career win, two away from cracking the Top 5 in program history.

Up Next

Valpo (6-2) will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Western Michigan in Kalamazoo. That match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. A link to live stats will be available on