Kenyatte Prevails in Defeat to Nationally Ranked Western Michigan
Friday, February 23, 2018
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.

How It Happened

  • Kenyatte picked up a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jannik Opitz at No. 3. That marked his fourth straight win, with all four victories during the streak coming in straight sets. Kenyatte owns a team-best 15-4 record and stands at 6-2 in dual play.
  • Senior Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) faced off with Maik Steiner, who is ranked No. 88 nationally, at No. 1 singles, but fell 6-1, 7-5.
  • The Broncos (9-2) beat the Crusaders (2-6) in straight sets in the remaining four singles matches.
  • The doubles matches were close, but Western Michigan came out on top on all three courts. Kenyatte and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) fell to Steiner and Lenhard Haupt 6-4, Kissell and Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) dropped their match 7-5 at No. 2, and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) and Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) lost 7-5 at the No. 3 spot.

Up Next

The next time the Crusaders take the court, they’ll do so in the Sunshine State as part of the annual spring break trip. The first match of the journey is slated for noon CT on Monday, March 5 in Boca Raton, Fla. against Florida Atlantic.