Valpo Places 11 on Summit League Honor Roll
Athletes from the Valparaiso University men’s tennis and men’s swimming programs were recognized for their excellence in the classroom on Tuesday as the Summit League announced its 2017-2018 academic honor roll.
Ancona Named to Summit Academic All-League Team
Valparaiso University sophomore Brandon Ancona was recognized for his excellence both on the courts and in the classroom on Wednesday as he was named to the Summit Academic All-League Team.
Men’s Tennis Falls Just Shy in Summit League Final
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team saw its quest for a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth come up one win short with a 4-1 loss to Drake on Saturday afternoon at Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colo. The match was closer than the final score would indicate as the two singles matches that went unfinished and the final matchup to reach completion were all tightly contested. The Crusaders (9-11) gave the Summit League regular season champion Bulldogs all they could handle in a well-played championship match.
Langston Comes From Behind for Dramatic Win, Sends Valpo to Fourth Straight League Final
Thrilling victories in league tournament matches have become nothing out of the ordinary for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis program. The Crusaders are back in a league championship match for the fourth consecutive season after a heart-stopping 4-3 victory over four-time defending Summit League champion Denver on Friday night at Gates Tennis Center in Colorado. Sophomore Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) played the role of hero, coming from down 5-1 to take a pressure-packed third set, snapping a 3-3 deadlock and igniting Valpo’s celebration.
Kissell Recognized as All-Summit League Selection
Valparaiso University junior Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) has been named to the 2018 Men’s Tennis All-Summit Team, which was announced by the league office on Thursday evening.
Gardner Honored on Senior Day for Valpo Men’s Tennis
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis program will keep the bulk of its team intact with only one senior set to walk across the stage at next month’s graduation. But the lone senior is one who will leave behind a lasting legacy on Valpo tennis. Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) was recognized by head coach Jim Daugherty on Saturday during a 4-3 Senior Day win over the University of Chicago, a team ranked third nationally in Division III.
Kenyatte Picks Up Victory in Defeat to First-Place Drake
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team closed out regular season Summit League action on Saturday evening with a 6-1 loss to first-place Drake at Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The Crusaders finished at 4-2 in league play and have secured a spot in the upcoming Summit League Tournament.
Crusaders Enjoy Fourth Straight League Win on Friday
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team upped its record to 4-1 in Summit League action on Friday, rattling off its fourth straight win by beating South Dakota State 5-2 at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. The Crusaders won on four of the six singles courts and two of the three doubles courts.
Men’s Tennis Grabs Third Straight Win on Wednesday
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team sustained its Summit League success on Wednesday night by edging Omaha 4-3 at Miracle Hill Tennis Center in Omaha, Neb. The lower portion of the Valpo lineup came through in a big way, as wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles and No. 4, 5 and 6 singles carried the Crusaders to the narrow triumph.
Kissell Captures Summit League Player of the Week Honor
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team won its second consecutive Summit League Player of the Week honor as the league bestowed its weekly award upon junior Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) on Tuesday.
Men’s Tennis Blanks Oral Roberts on Friday
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team continued its string of Summit League “firsts” on Friday morning at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. This time, the Crusaders picked up their first clean sweep of a Summit League opponent, dispatching Oral Roberts 7-0 by winning on all six singles courts and both doubles courts that finished.
Ancona Wins Valpo’s First Summit League Player of the Week Honor
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team received its first weekly award as a member of the Summit League on Tuesday as the league named Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) its Player of the Week.
Men’s Tennis Snags First Summit League Win on Saturday
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team returned to its home courts on Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a 5-2 win over Illinois State at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. The Crusaders picked up the first league victory of their maiden voyage as a Summit League affiliate member.
No. 2 Barry Edges Valpo in Men’s Tennis
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team came up just shy in the final match of its spring break trip to the state of Florida on Sunday morning in Miami Shores, falling 5-4 to Barry, a team ranked second nationally in NCAA Division-II. The Crusaders won two doubles matches and two singles fixtures in a showdown that was played under D-II scoring rules.
Men’s Tennis Returns to Win Column on Friday
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team picked up the first victory of its spring break trip to Florida on Friday morning, topping Eastern Florida State College 6-1. The Crusaders won in dominant fashion, taking the doubles point before winning on the top five singles courts.
Carvajal, Langston Capture Victories Over Hatters
The back end of the Valparaiso University men’s tennis lineup shined on Wednesday in DeLand, Fla. as Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School and Daniel Langston picked up triumphs for the Crusaders, who dropped the match to host Stetson 5-2.
Valpo Falls to Furman on Tuesday
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team continued its week of activity in Florida on Tuesday morning with a neutral site match against Furman at Mandy Stoll Tennis Center in DeLand. The Crusaders dropped the match 7-0.
Men’s Tennis Takes Doubles Point in Loss to Florida Atlantic
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team opened up a week of tennis in the Sunshine State on Monday. The Crusaders dropped the first match of their spring break trip 6-1 to Florida Atlantic, winning the doubles point in the defeat in Boca Raton, Fla.
Kenyatte Prevails in Defeat to Nationally Ranked Western Michigan
Freshman Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) continued his recent run of success by winning his singles match, but the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team was on the wrong end of a 6-1 score on Friday afternoon against No. 30 Western Michigan at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith.
Strong Doubles Play Provides Highlight of Defeat to William & Mary
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team got off to what head coach Jim Daugherty called its best start to a match this season on Sunday afternoon against William & Mary, but the Crusaders couldn’t close it out as the Tribe won on five of the six singles courts to nail down a 5-2 victory.
Kenyatte Victorious in Singles as Men’s Tennis Falls at DePaul
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team suffered a 6-1 setback on Saturday afternoon at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness Club in Chicago. Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) accounted for Valpo’s team point by winning his match at No. 3 singles.
Crusaders Sweep Panthers in Men’s Tennis
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team enjoyed its second 7-0 win of the season on Friday afternoon, dispatching Eastern Illinois 7-0 at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind. The Crusaders won both doubles matches that finished and were victorious on all six singles courts en route to their first home win of the season.
Carvajal, Kissell Record Singles Wins on Saturday
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team dropped Saturday’s match at the Butler Tennis Bubble in Indianapolis, succumbing to the host Bulldogs 5-2. The singles play of Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) remained a bright spot for the Crusaders, as he garnered yet another straight-set win, while Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) used a marathon Set 1 victory on his way to taking his match.
Crusaders Enter Win Column with Sweep of Xavier
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team gained its first dual match win of the year on Friday night in Cincinnati, going on the road to whitewash host Xavier 7-0. The Crusaders took every singles match and both doubles matches that were completed in a clean sweep of their Big East opposition.
Kissell, Ancona Register Singles Wins Over Marquette
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team was on the road for a second straight challenging dual match to begin the spring season on Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee. Marquette defended its home courts with a 5-2 victory over Valpo at Helfaer Tennis Stadium, where the Crusaders won one doubles match and a pair of singles contests.
Denver Edges Valpo in Battle of Summit League Powers
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team was thrown right into the fire in its first ever Summit League match on Saturday afternoon at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind. The Crusaders competed in a tightly-contested showdown with four-time defending league champion Denver, but the Pioneers prevailed 4-3 with the doubles point proving pivotal.
Men’s Tennis Season Preview
Another new season, another new challenge for the Valparaiso University men’s tennis program. A team that has passed every test with flying colors over the last five years – upping the program record for wins in a single season four straight seasons and making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017 – will meet yet another obstacle this spring.
Men’s Tennis to Receive Rings at Sunday’s Men’s Basketball Game
After winning the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season in 2017, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team will receive its championship rings at Sunday’s men’s basketball game as part of a pregame ceremony.
Men's Tennis Picked Third in Summit League Preseason Poll
Coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team is picked to finish third in the Summit League, based on a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches.
Kissell Reaches Second Round of Singles Main Draw
Junior Chad Kissell represented the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team on Saturday in the first two rounds of the ITA Midwest Regional singles main draw in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Crusaders Well Represented on Second Day at ITA Regional
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team had three of its four doubles teams competing at the ITA Midwest Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday prevail in their opening round matches. One doubles tandem notched a pair of victories and reached the third round of the event.
Men’s Tennis Begins Competition at ITA Midwest Regional
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team had eight individuals compete in the qualifying singles draw at the ITA Midwest Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Thursday. Five Valpo players prevailed in the first round of qualifying. Senior Garrett Gardner won both of his matches on Thursday, advancing to Friday’s third round of the qualifying draw.
Crusaders Continue Dominance on Final Day of Invitational
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team enjoyed success up and down the lineup over the course of this weekend’s Valpo Fall Invitational, held at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Crusaders put together a strong showing on Sunday, winning 14 of their 15 singles matches.
Men’s Tennis Enjoys Perfect Doubles Play on First Day of Home Tournament
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team began its lone home event of the fall season on Saturday with the first day of the two-day Valpo Fall Invitational, held at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The event is using a hidden dual format, with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles taking place on Saturday. The Crusaders won all eight doubles matches and four of their seven singles matches to start the event with a winning day.
Langston, Pecyna Finish Perfect Weekends of Singles, Three Other Crusaders Prevail
Sophomores Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) were the only Crusaders to enjoy a flawless weekend of singles play, as they were victorious for the third straight match on Sunday to help the Valparaiso University men’s tennis team take five of eight singles matches from host Western Michigan on the final day of the Western Michigan Invite in Kalamazoo. The Crusaders also competed in a pair of doubles duels – taking three of four from the University of Chicago while dropping three of four to Xavier.
Men’s Tennis Begins Western Michigan Invitational
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team competed on the first day of the Western Michigan Invitational on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Crusaders played the University of Chicago in Round 1 of singles, Xavier in Round 2 of singles and Western Michigan in doubles as the event followed a hidden dual format.
Three Crusaders Win Singles Championships in River Forest Invitational
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team closed out the season-opening River Forest Invitational on Sunday in River Forest, Ill., utilizing three championship victories and six total singles wins to complete a strong performance on the first weekend of fall competition.
All Nine Crusaders Victorious in Singles on Dominant Day at River Forest
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team enjoyed an immensely successful second day at the River Forest Invitational on Saturday, sweeping all nine singles matches while also garnering a doubles championship. Senior Garrett Gardner and freshman Kweisi Kenyatte finished their first tournament as doubles mates with a title, while five individuals will compete in singles championship matches on Sunday.
Men’s Tennis Begins Quest for Third Straight NCAA Appearance with Strong Showing
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team took the court for the first time since the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Friday morning, beginning the fall campaign at the River Forest Invitational in River Forest, Ill. The Crusaders were one of eight teams in a field of schools from across the Midwest that also featured Eastern Illinois, Marquette, Northern Illinois, Saint Louis, UIC, Youngstown State and Detroit Mercy.
Valpo Announces Men’s Tennis Schedule
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team has released the 2017-18 schedule as the Crusaders get set to begin their quest for a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Crusaders Announce Additions of Kenyatte, Carvajal
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis program continues to attract high-level players as two more have signed National Letters of Intent to further their careers with the Crusaders.
Men’s Tennis Earns Academic Honor
The success of the 2017 Horizon League champion Valparaiso University men’s tennis team extends beyond athletic competition.