Men’s Tennis Snags First Summit League Win on Saturday
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Men’s Tennis Snags First Summit League Win on Saturday
Gabriel Carvajal won his match in straight sets 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.

How It Happened

  • The doubles point hinged on a tight match at No. 2 after the two teams split the first two doubles matches. Valpo (4-10, 1-1) was victorious at No. 1 with Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) getting the best of Igor Kolaric and Christoffer Greve 6-2.
  • Illinois State (9-7, 0-2) recorded a 6-1 victory at No. 3 with Egehan Sertkaya and Cameron Petersen teaming up to beat Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled).
  • The pivotal No. 2 match was the last to finish, with Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) and Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) edging Andreas Boers and Pol Ruis Botifoll on a tiebreak, 7-6(3).
  • Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) rolled to a convincing win at No. 6 singles, sweeping Manuel Bernhard 6-1, 6-1.
  • The Redbirds cut Valpo’s lead to 2-1 after Greve beat Kenyatte in a pair of close sets at No. 2 – 7-5, 7-5. The match entered a 2-2 deadlock when Kolaric nailed down a 6-2, 7-5 win over Kissell at No. 1.
  • Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) helped Valpo regain the lead by virtue of a 6-4, 7-5 win over Sertkaya. The final two matches went to three sets in what was a tightly-contested match.
  • The Crusaders nailed down the win when Gardner bounced back from a Set 1 loss to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 over Pol Ruis Botifoll at No. 5. The final match to finish was at No. 3, where Ancona beat Boers 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Inside The Match

  • Langston has won three straight singles matches and has his mark up to 9-9 this season. He owns the longest winning streak on the team.
  • Carvajal has won both Summit League matches this year, the lone Crusader at 2-0 in conference singles action. He stands at 14-8 overall.
  • Kissell’s doubles win allowed him to move into a tie for seventh with Lucas Waak (2012-2016) with 56 career victories.
  • Gardner gained his 66th career doubles win, a total that ranks fifth in program history. He needs three more to move into a tie with Kyle Dunn (2013-2017) for fourth.
  • Gardner’s singles win was the 69th of his career, allowing him to move into a tie with Eric Honert (2010-2014) and Michael Savaglio (2012-2016) for fifth all-time.

Up Next

The Crusaders continue conference activity on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. CT by hosting Oral Roberts.