Stefanik, Yates Pick Up Main Draw Wins in SEC Coaches Classic
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Kentucky men’s tennis team earned five singles victories and three doubles draw wins on the second day of play at the SEC Coaches Classic on the campus of the University of Alabama on Saturday.
Junior Jake Stefanik coasted his way in to the finals when he defeated Vanderbilt’s Alex Ross, 6-0, 6-2 in the John Stimpson Main Draw semifinals. Stefanik will take on Julian Saborio of LSU on Sunday at 9 a.m. In the consolation bracket of the John Stimpson draw, junior Gus Benson earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over Austin Rables of Arkansas. Benson will face Ritchie Kruunenberg of Alabama on Sunday at 9 a.m.
In the Jeff Robinson draw, junior Trey Yates earned two wins to punch his ticket to the finals. Yates took down Spencer Richey of Alabama, 7-5, 1-1 (Ret.) and Florida’s McClain Kessler, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals. Yates will take on Mazen Osama of Alabama in the finals on Sunday at 9 a.m. In the consolation bracket of the Jeff Robinson draw, freshman Alex Dominguez earned a hard-fought 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2) win over Thomas Mayronne of South Carolina. Dominguez fell in his next match to Alexey Nesterov of Alabama 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(4).
In doubles play, the duo of Benson/Stefanik picked up two wins in the consolation bracket of the Ellis Ferreira draw. The pair defeated Binet/Virtunen of Vanderbilt, 8-6, and Marino/Sanjurjo of Arkansas, 8-6 to win the consolation bracket. Dominguez/Yates picked up one win, 8-7(3) over South Carolina’s Mayronne/Schafer before falling in the finals of the draw to Butsch/Moreno of LSU, 8-5.