Men’s Tennis Sustains Success Saturday in Toledo
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Men’s Tennis Sustains Success Saturday in Toledo
Brandon Ancona entered the Top 10 in program history in career doubles wins on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team went 6-3 in singles matches on Saturday, closing out a strong weekend of play at the Rocket Invitational hosted at the University of Toledo. The team combined to go 13-5 in singles on Friday and Saturday. Senior Brandon Ancona has (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) entered the Top 10 in program history in career doubles wins.

How It Happened

  • Valpo took two of three singles matches against Wayne State with Ancona and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) winning at the top two spots in straight-set fashion. Ancona topped Max Rink 6-4, 6-3, while Pecyna garnered a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Dom Spincer.
  • The only setback to Wayne State in singles came in a tight match as senior Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) dropped a three-set affair to Luke Laws 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.
  • Against the host Rockets, Valpo ran the table in three singles matches. Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) came back from a set down to beat Thawin Suksathaporn 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-5, continuing his flawless weekend.  
  • Freshman Philipp Leithold (Esslingen, Germany / Theodor-Huess Gynasium) topped Cole Shoults of Toledo 6-2, 7-6(3), while Franklin Brozovich (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) defeated Nikola Arsic 7-5, 3-6, 10-4 in a match that needed a third-set tiebreak to decide.  
  • Ancona made it a 2-0 day by notching a 7-5, 7-5 win over Youngstown State’s Laurentiu Mandocescu.
  • Freshman Andrej Kalenic (Belgrade, Serbia / Kreativno Pero) and Brozovich lost third-set tiebreaks in tight matches with Chicago State.
  • Valpo also had a winning day in doubles, going 3-2. The most noteworthy match of the day was a wild, tightly-contested affair between Carvajal/Kalenic of Valpo and Skaer/Wetoszka of Toledo that saw Valpo drop Set 1 6-4 before winning Set 2 6-2. That set up a lengthy third-set tiebreak that saw the Toledo tandem nail down a 19-17 win.
  • Ancona/Pecyna (over Toledo) and Pecyna/Carvajal (over Chicago State) picked up straight-set wins, while Leithold/Langston outdid a Penguin pair in another thriller, 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-7.

Inside the Match

  • Ancona grabbed two singles wins on Saturday to take over sole possession of the team lead with five. Carvajal, Langston, Leithold and Pecyna have four apiece.
  • Ancona and Pecyna are 4-0 in doubles play as a duo so far on the year. Pecyna leads the team with a 6-0 doubles mark.
  • Ancona is up to 66 career singles wins and 54 doubles victories. His singles win total places him ninth in program history, three shy of a tie for seventh. His doubles triumph on Saturday allowed him to climb into the Top 5 in that area as well, as he now ranks tied for 10th in program history with Nic Kooyers (2003-2007).
  • Langston had a winning weekend, going a combined 4-0 including three wins in singles play and one in doubles action.
  • After both losing their first singles match of the season, Pecyna (4-0) and Ancona (5-0) have responded by putting together undefeated runs of singles play.

Up Next

Next weekend, the men’s tennis program will hold its annual Alumni Tournament at 3 p.m. on Homecoming Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex.