Men’s Tennis Grabs Third Straight Win on Wednesday
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Men’s Tennis Grabs Third Straight Win on Wednesday
The No. 3 doubles win for Brian Pecyna (left) and Franklin Brozovich (right) proved pivotal 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.

How It Happened

  • Omaha gained the early edge in the battle for the doubles point as the Mavericks (8-15, 0-3) rolled to a 6-1 win in the No. 1 doubles match. Razvan Grigorescu and Nathan Reekie downed Kweisi Kenyatte (Detroit, Mich. / East English Village Preparatory) and Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) 6-1.
  • However, Valpo’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) and Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) eked out a 6-4 victory over Matt Dunn and Luke Moorehead.
  • At that juncture, the doubles point hinged on the No. 3 showdown between Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) and Abdoul Ouattara and Alex Woodward. A tightly-contested match needed a tiebreak to determine a victor, but the visitors from Valpo secured the 7-6(2) win to gain a doubles point that proved pivotal.
  • Valpo’s top three singles players all dropped their matches, including three-set affairs at No. 1 and No. 3.
  • However, the bottom of the lineup came through as Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]), Gardner and Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) were winners at No. 4, 5 and 6, respectively.
  • All three Valpo singles wins came in straight sets. Garnder beat Matt Dunn 6-4, 6-4 and Langston was victorious 6-4, 7-5 over Marko Minic.
  • The clinching win occurred at No. 4, where Carvajal nipped Woodward 6-2, 7-6(3).

Inside The Match

  • Langston has won five straight singles matches and has his mark up to 11-9 this season. He owns the longest winning streak on the team.
  • Carvajal has won all four Summit League matches this year, the lone Crusader at 4-0 in conference singles action. He stands at 16-8 overall.
  • Kissell, the reigning Summit League Player of the Week, picked up his 58th doubles win as a Crusader. That number ranks sixth in program history.
  • Gardner’s singles win was the 71st of his career, which sits in fifth place in program history.
  • Valpo (6-10, 3-1) garnered its first 4-3 win of the 2017-18 campaign. Two of Valpo’s four Summit League matches have been decided by the slimmest of margins, with Valpo falling 4-3 to Denver in the league opener earlier this season. Valpo won 4-3 on four occasions a year ago, including twice in the Horizon League Tournament.

Up Next

The Crusaders will return home to host South Dakota State on Friday at 2 p.m. at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. That will mark the penultimate Summit League match of the regular season for the Crusaders.