Valpo Finishes Florida Trip with Perfect Record
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Valpo Finishes Florida Trip with Perfect Record
The Valpo men's tennis team won all four matches this week in Florida.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team closed out a week of wins on Saturday afternoon in Orlando, Fla., topping Northern Illinois 5-2 at the USTA National Tennis Center. This completed a stretch of four matches in six days in the state of Florida that saw the team go 4-0 and improve its season record to 10-3.

How It Happened

  • Valpo found itself needing to come from behind after the doubles point and the first singles match to finish went the way of the Huskies (8-6).
  • Valpo did win at No. 1 doubles as Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) and Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) put together a 6-2 triumph over Mikko Malinen and Victor Spolidorio. However, Northern Illinois won at second and third doubles.
  • The first singles match to finish was No. 1, as Eric Marbach topped Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) 6-2, 6-3.
  • After NIU held a 2-0 lead in the team scoring, Valpo swept the remaining singles courts to cruise to the win. Ancona (6-4, 6-4 over Bor Schweiger Muzar) and Kenyatte (6-4, 6-3 over David Pata) garnered straight-set wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles respectively.
  • Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) also required just two sets to get in the win column, getting the best of Shao-Yu Yu 7-5, 6-2 at No. 5. Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) played a closer match but also got it done in two sets at No. 6, beating Spolidorio 6-4, 7-6(3).
  • The only match of the day that went the distance was at No. 4, where Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) rebounded from a Set 1 setback to beat Malinen 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7.

Inside the Match

  • It was another impressive day for Ancona, the team leader in wins with a 19-4 mark.
  • Kenyatte has picked up victories in 11 of his 12 singles matches during the spring campaign.
  • Carvajal upped his record to 11-2, Langston earned his 15th win of the year and Pecyna racked up his 16th win.
  • The No. 1 doubles team of Ancona and Kenyatte improved to 16-5.

Up Next

Valpo will return home to host Butler on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at either Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith or the Valpo Tennis Complex.