Men’s Tennis Tabbed Third in Preseason Poll
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Men’s Tennis Tabbed Third in Preseason Poll
Brandon Ancona (left) was named a player to watch in the Summit League this season for head coach Jim Daugherty's (right) squad.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is projected to finish tied for third in the Summit League this spring, according to the preseason survey of the league’s head coaches that was released on Thursday.  

After taking home the 2018-19 Summit League Player of the Year award, senior Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) was named to the league’s list of Preseason Athletes to Watch. Ancona, also the 2018-19 Valparaiso University Male Athlete of the Year, already ranks among the program’s all-time wins leaders.

After qualifying for the league tournament in each of the program’s first two years in the Summit League, the squad is once again expected to be part of the tournament field. The Brown & Gold are picked to tie for third with Omaha in the preseason poll, while Denver and Drake were pegged first and second, respectively. Illinois State (fifth), Oral Roberts (t-sixth) and North Dakota (t-sixth) round out the projections.

This year’s roster is comprised of all seniors and freshmen. An experienced and accomplished five-member senior class will be joined by a rookie trio to comprise a team that will be guided by veteran head coach Jim Daugherty, who is in his 35th season. The spring slate will commence on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Butler.


Team                    Score (1st place votes)
Denver                 35 (5)
Drake                   30 (1)
Omaha                 22 (1)
Valparaiso           22
Illinois State        14
Oral Roberts       11
 North Dakota     11


Matt Summers | Denver | Junior

Evan Fragistas | Drake | Sophomore

Matt Hulme | Omaha | Junior

Brandon Ancona | Valparaiso | Senior

Nam Pham | Illinois State | Freshman

Geronimo Espin Gusleiman | Oral Roberts

Andreja Petrovic | North Dakota | Freshman