Bawono Has Impressive Day at USF Invitational
The Cats faced Florida Atlantic's roster in the opening day of the round-robin style tournament. Bawono first defeated FA's DougDevriendt in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. In his afternoon match, Bawono continued his domination, taking down Yalen Bilgin, 6-4, 6-4. Thismoves Bawono to 6-0 for the fall season, his best fall start as a Wildcat.
"Edo continues to play well during the fall season," Coach Dennis Emery said. "He's really doing well this year and I like the toughcompetitive style of play he's showing."
Other Wildcats taking the courts today included junior Reven Stephens, who defeated his first opponent, Cristian Paiz, 6-0, 6-7, 1-0(9),before falling to Andre Buzzoni, 6-1, 6-3 in afternoon action. Junior Johan Grunditz dropped his morning match to Andre Buzzoni,2-6,6-3,1-0(5), before taking down Cristian Paiz in the afternoon, 6-0, 6-1. Senior Gustav Pousette also got off to a slow start, falling toYalin Bilgin, 6-2, 7-6(3) before fighting back to defeat Doug Devriendt, 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6) in the afternoon.
Sophomore Elliot Datlow struggled on the court Friday, falling to Codey Lewis, 6-4, 6-1, and Rubin Cruiz, 6-2, 6-3, while freshmanJustin Kinney, who lost his first round match to Rubin Cruiz, 4-6, 7-6(5),1-0(7), was forced to sit out of his afternoon matchup due toillness.
The doubles team of Bawono and Stephens had an impressive showing, defeating FA's Jirak and Devriendt, 8-5 to claim the Cats'only doubles victory for the day. Pousette and Kinney were defeated by the team of Bilgin/Lewis, 8-4, while Gruditz and Datlow weretaken down by Paiz and Buzzoni, 8-4.
The Cats return to action tomorrow when they face host South Florida. The tournament continues through Sunday, Oct. 22, when theCats wrap up action against Wake Forest.