Men’s Tennis Begins Western Michigan Invitational
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Men’s Tennis Begins Western Michigan Invitational
Chad Kissell had a perfect 2-0 day at No. 1 singles on Saturday.

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.

How It Happened

  • Junior Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) enjoyed a perfect day of play at No. 1 singles. He nipped University of Chicago’s Erik Kerrigan 6-2, 7-5 in Round 1 before capturing a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Xavier’s Jack Dykema in Round 2.
  • Sophomore Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) also had a flawless day in singles play, topping University of Chicago’s Justin Lee 6-0, 6-2 before getting the best of Xavier’s Trent Smith in a three-set thriller – 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.
  • Sophomore Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) dispatched Gabriel Araujo 6-0, 6-3 after an earlier 6-3, 7-5 win over Ninan Kumar. 
  • Redshirt sophomore Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) rounded out a quartet of Crusaders with perfect days, going 2-0 on the day capped by a thrilling 7-6(4), 7-6(0) victory over Xavier. 
  • Senior Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian), freshman Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) and senior Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) all had wins over the Maroons but fell to the Musketeers.
  • Sophomore Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and freshman Nick Marino (Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North) did the opposite, losing their Round 1 match against the University of Chicago before bouncing back with wins over Xavier.
  • In doubles, Kenyatte and Gardner picked up an 8-4 victory over a Western Michigan duo at No. 1, Kissell and Pecyna prevailed in an 8-6 showdown with the Broncos at No. 2, and Marino and Ancona got the job done at No. 3 with an 8-4 victory. Western Michigan’s only doubles win came at No. 4, 8-5 over Brozovich and Carvajal.

Next Up

The Crusaders will continue the Western Michigan Invitational on Sunday, the second and final day of the event.