Carvajal, Kissell Record Singles Wins on Saturday
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Carvajal, Kissell Record Singles Wins on Saturday
Gabriel Carvajal won in straight sets 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.

How It Happened

  • The No. 3 doubles pair of Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) gained a 6-3 victory over Butler’s Ari Ferstein and Adrian Mag. Valpo’s Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) fell 6-4 to Michael Dickson and Spencer Lang at No. 2, leaving the doubles point resting on the No. 1 match.
  • That match was a thriller that needed a tiebreaker to be determined, but Kissell and Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) came up just shy against Aviv Ben Shabat and Mason Dragos, falling 7-6(4).
  • Kissell continued to roll through the opposition in singles, dispatching Dragos in straight sets at No. 1, 6-4, 6-2.
  • Gardner dropped his No. 4 singles match 6-4, 6-1 to Dickson to put the Crusaders (1-3) in a 2-1 hole in the team score, then the Bulldogs (5-2) won at No. 2 and No. 3 to nail down the match. Ancona fell to Ben Shabat 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2, while Kenyatte dropped his match to Lang 6-1, 7-6(2) at No. 3.
  • The match was played on four courts, so No. 5 and No. 6 singles began when courts became available. Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) dropped his match at No. 6, 7-5, 6-2 to Gerstein.
  • The last match left in action featured a thrilling opening set. Carvajal went to a 6-6 deadlock with Mag, eventually pulling out a wild 16-14 win in the set tiebreaker. Carvajal won the second set 6-4 to secure the match in straight sets.

Inside the Match

  • Kissell is up to 58 career singles wins, a total that ranks seventh in program history. He’s 11-3 thus far in the 2017-18 season and a perfect 4-0 in dual play. The Crusaders are 53-3 (.946) at No. 1 singles in dual matches since the start of the 2015-16 season.
  • All four of Kissell’s wins at No. 1 singles this spring have come in straight sets. A year ago, all 21 of Jeffrey Schorsch’s No. 1 singles wins were sweeps.
  • Pecyna and Brozovich improved to 7-2 in their career as a doubles pair as they were teamed up for the first time this season. Pecyna moved to 6-5 in doubles this year, while Brozovich upped his mark to 5-4.
  • Carvajal reached a double-figure win total on Saturday, improving to 10-4 in singles play in his first Crusader campaign.

Up Next

The Crusaders will return home on Friday, Feb. 16 to host Eastern Illinois in a match that begins at 3 p.m. CT at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind.