Tennis Cats Fare Well in Final Day of USF Invitational
The University of Kentucky men's tennis team played well in the final day of the South Florida Invitational, winning two singles and two doubles matches against the squad from Wake Forest. Senior Edo Bawono continued his remarkable fall run, finishing the weekend 5-0 and improving his fall singles record to 9-0.
Bawono, who took out USF's Paco Anelo, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0(4) in Saturday evening action, rolled over Wake Forest's Justin Kaufman, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday. Senior Gustav Pousette defeated Mike Murray in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, to go 2-3 on the weekend. Also notching victories today were the doubles teams of Bawono and junior Reven Stephens, who took out Murray and David Lowenthal, 8-3, and Pousette and junior Johan Grunditz, who notched a win over Raul Munoz and Trent Brendon by a score of 8-3.
Stephens had a rough day in singles play, losing in the second flight to Munoz, 6-1, 6-1, while Gruditz retired in the second set of his match with Lowenthal and took a loss by a score of 6-1, 1-0. Freshman Justin Kinney, who battled illness for much of the weekend, couldn't find his rhythm in the tiebreaker and fell to Brendon, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0(4). Wrapping up play for the Cats in Sunday's singles action was sophomore Elliott Datlow, who suffered defeat at the hands of David Bere, 6-2, 6-0. The doubles team of Gruditz and Datlow was defeated by Wake's Kaufman and Andrew Simpson, 8-2.
"I think we came away from this tournament with a lot of valuable experience," Coach Dennis Emery said. "Edo played terrifically and I definitely can see the team growing more with each match."
The Cats return to action Oct. 26-29 when they wrap up their fall schedule at the Regional Indoor Championships in Athens, Ga.