Men’s Tennis Off to Strong Start at Purdue Fall Invitational
Friday, October 4, 2019
Men’s Tennis Off to Strong Start at Purdue Fall Invitational
Brian Pecyna continued his run of success at the Purdue Fall Invitational after winning the Flight D title last year.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team had a quality showing at the Purdue Fall Invitational on Friday in West Lafayette. Two of the team’s three doubles pairs garnered first-round wins, while four of Valpo’s five singles players recorded at least one victory and three went 2-0 to earn semifinal berths.

How It Happened

  • After winning the Flight D Singles title at the Purdue Fall Invitational a year ago, fifth-year senior Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) enjoyed continued success on Friday despite advancing all the way to the Flight A draw this season. He started the day with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Stefan Dragovic of Marquette before rallying from a set down to beat DePaul’s Chris Casati 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Casati is a three-time Big East all-academic team member and earned a spot on the All-Big East second team in 2018. Pecyna will face Louisville’s Sergio Hernandez in a semifinal on Saturday.
  • Freshman Philipp Leithold (Esslingen, Germany / Theodor-Huess Gynasium) also made his way into the semifinals by topping Dayton’s Joe DeMarco 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round before garnering a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over Kah Leon of Purdue Northwest. He’ll compete in a semifinal match on Saturday in Flight D.
  • Freshman Oscar Mendoza (Guayaquil, Ecuador / Interamerican Academy) contributed to the team’s winning ways with a pair of victories in Flight E. He also enjoyed a flawless day to earn a semifinal berth, coming from behind to beat Olivet’s Alfonso Martinez in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 before topping Shaddy Khalafallah of Marquette 6-4, 6-1.
  • In Flight B, senior Gabriel Carvajal (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Broward Virtual School [Florida Atlantic]) rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win over Chris Adams of Ball State to start the day. He incurred a 7-6(4), 6-4 setback to Brett Winters of Xavier in the second round.
  • Carvajal/Pecyna picked up a 7-6 win over a Purdue Northwest combo in the top doubles draw, while Brozovich/Mendoza didn’t drop a game in their 6-0 victory over Olivet in Flight C.
  • Valpo’s quality day came without the services of several players who were sidelined by injuries.

Up Next

Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT / 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday in West Lafayette with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles slated to take place.