Longtime Valparaiso University head men’s tennis coach Jim Daugherty was recognized prior to Wednesday’s match at No. 27 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Players from both teams wore commemorative Valpo vs. Baylor shirts with the number “35” on the back to signify the length of Daugherty’s tenure. Baylor associate head coach Michael Woodson played and coached at Valpo under Daugherty, who will retire at season’s end.
How It Happened
- The nationally-ranked Bears (12-3) notched a 7-0 victory over the Brown & Gold.
- Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) and Brian Pecyna (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) put up a fight at No. 1 doubles against the No. 11 doubles duo in the country. Sven Lah and Constantin Frantzen were leading 5-3 at the time play was halted due to the Bears clinching the doubles point with wins on the other two courts.
- Five of the six singles matches ended in straight sets, but Ancona notched a set win against No. 57 Adrian Boitan, who went on to win the match 6-4, 2-6, 10-6. A third-set tiebreak was utilized since the team match was decided prior to the second set’s conclusion.
- Three of Baylor’s six singles players who competed on Wednesday night are ranked nationally.
Valpo (4-6) will remain in Waco, Texas to play a pair of neutral-site matches on Saturday. The team will face off with Abilene Christian at 10 a.m. and Prairie View A&M at 6 p.m.