Crusaders Enjoy Fourth Straight League Win on Friday
Friday, April 6, 2018
Crusaders Enjoy Fourth Straight League Win on Friday
Daniel Langston notched his sixth straight win on Friday.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team upped its record to 4-1 in Summit League action on Friday, rattling off its fourth straight win by beating South Dakota State 5-2 at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith. The Crusaders won on four of the six singles courts and two of the three doubles courts.

How It Happened

  • Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) and Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) moved back to the top doubles position and cruised to a 6-2 win over Marco Paulo Castro and Elliot Ward.
  • The Jackrabbits (0-15, 0-2) were victorious at No. 2 doubles, where Aidan DeBoer and Emerson Styles topped Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) and Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) 6-1.
  • The doubles point hinged on the No. 3 match, where Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) edged Alexander Reinke and Carlos Martinez 7-5.
  • Langston continued his recent success by rolling past Henrique Stemmer 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5. Ancona put the Crusaders (7-10, 4-1) on the doorstep of the victory by building the lead to 3-0 with his 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Reinke at No. 2.
  • The Crusaders nailed down the win with the victory at No. 4 as Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) downed Castro in straight sets – 6-4, 6-2.
  • Brozovich was on the wrong end of a 6-4, 6-4 match with Ward at No. 6, while Carvajal moved up to the No. 3 singles spot and suffered his first setback in Summit League play, losing 6-4, 2-6, 10-4 on a third set tiebreak in the final match to finish.
  • Kissell’s match at the top singles position also went to a third set tiebreak, with Kissell topping Styles 6-3, 5-7, 10-5.

Inside The Match

  • The Crusaders came away with the win despite playing without Kweisi Kenyatte, the team leader in singles wins with 18.
  • Langston has won six straight singles matches and has his mark up to 12-9 this season. He owns the longest winning streak on the team. Gardner has strung together four straight singles wins.
  • Kissell picked up his 59th doubles win as a Crusader. That number ranks sixth in program history. He needs four more to enter the Top 5. Kissell now has 63 singles wins, a total that ranks eighth in program history.
  • Gardner’s singles win was the 72nd of his career, which sits in fifth in Valpo history.
  • Carvajal made his No. 3 debut, playing at a higher spot in the lineup due to Kenyatte’s absence.

Up Next

The Crusaders will continue Summit League play next week as they visit league-leading Drake for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday, April 14 in Des Moines, Iowa.