Men’s Tennis Opens 2016 With Doubleheader Sweep

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s tennis team opened its 2016 season with a bang on Friday, collecting two wins over in-state foes, as the Wildcats toppled Northern Kentucky (7-0) and Eastern Kentucky (7-0) to start the season off 2-0 for the fourth-straight season under head coach Cedric Kauffmann. 

“I thought we played a great team match as a unit,” William Bushamuka said. “It was our opening match, and with that in mind we played well. I saw everybody fighting and showing heart, so it was a good start to the season.”

In the opening match, the freshman class that shined in Florida last weekend were strong again, as Enzo Wallert and Rytaro Matsumura teamed up to win 6-1 on court two in doubles as the freshman/freshman connection was strong all afternoon long. The veterans of the squad returned to go undefeated on Friday, as senior Kevin Lai teamed with junior Nils Ellefsen to record a 3-3 result (DNF) and sophomores William Bushamuka and Trey Yates breezed past Nick Lang and Blaine Carr of the Norse, 6-1 on court three. 

“Good start to the season,” Nils Ellefsen said after the matches. “We just did what we had to. We came through in the moments that mattered and we are looking forward to facing Duke on Sunday.”

Kentucky only dropped one set all day in the 15 matches played. 

The Wildcats will be back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET against the No. 13 Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. UK returns to the Boone Tennis Center next Saturday at 1 p.m. ET to play the Michigan Wolverines. 

Kentucky 7, Northern Kentucky 0
Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center
Lexington, Ky.

Doubles (Order of finish: 3, 2)
1- Nils Ellfesen/Kevin Lai (UK) vs. Mate Virag/Lukas Clemens (NKU) 3-3 (DNF)
2- Enzo Wallart/Rytaro Matsumura (UK) def. Jody Maginley/Adrian Isache (NKU) 6-1
3- Trey Yates/William Bushamuka (UK) def. Nick Lang/Blaine Carr (NKU) 6-1

Singles (Order of finish: 4, 2, 3*, 1, 5, 6)
1- William Bushamuka (UK) def. Mate Virag (NKU) 6-3, 6-3
2- Ryotaro Matsamura (UK) def. Lukas Clemens (NKU) 6-1, 6-0
3- Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Jody Maginley (NKU) 6-2, 6-2
4- Trey Yates (UK) def. Court Clark (NKU) 6-2, 6-2
5- Austin Hussey (UK) def. Adrian Isache (NKU) 6-0, 6-0
6- Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Blaine Carr (NKU) 6-2, 6-3

Kentucky 7, Eastern Kentucky 0
Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center
Lexington, Ky.

Doubles (Order of finish: 1*)
1- Ryo Matsamura/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Alex Alvaro/ Ramon van Flymen 6-1
2- Scheduled, not played.
3- Scheduled, not played. 

Singles (Order of finish:4, 2, 1, 3*, 6, 5)
1- Ryotaro Matsamura (UK) def. Alex Alvaro (EKU) 6-1, 6-0
2- William Bushamuka (UK) def. Ramon van Flymen (EKU) 6-1, 6-0
3- Nils Ellefsen (UK) def. Sebastian Muller (EKU) 7-5, 6-2
4- Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Guillem Sanchez (EKU) 6-0, 6-2
5- Austin Hussey (UK) vs. Diogo Soares (EKU) 6-7 (5), 7-5, 1-0 (10-0)
6- Gus Benson (UK) def. Florian Graskamp (EKU) 6-2, 6-4

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