KSU tennis loses early lead to undefeated team

KSU tennis loses early lead to undefeated team

Fresh off its first win of the season over Belmont University, the Kennesaw State men’s tennis team dropped a closely-contested match to South Carolina’s Wofford University on Saturday, losing 4-3.

The Owls posted some strong performances against the Terriers, but the team couldn’t get the momentum needed to win. The loss dropped Kennesaw to 1-4 on the season while Wofford improved to 6-3.

The doubles teams continued to shine for KSU, posting two wins over the weekend. The duo team, senior Simon Pritchard and sophomore Lucas de Torres Curth, posted a win in No. 1 doubles competition for the fourth consecutive match. Seniors David Durham and Sam Slade also contributed to the Owls’ doubles success by cruising to an easy victory in No. 3 doubles action by a score of 6-0.

Propelled by early wins in the doubles competition, Kennesaw continued to succeed in the singles division as junior Manuel Castellanos defeated Belmont’s Peter Coombs in straight sets by scores of 6-3, 6-2. Senior Drew Wendel also came out on top in his singles match over the Terriers’ Kyle Barr, 6-3, 6-3.

The early doubles and singles victories got Kennesaw off to an outstanding start as it began the meet with a 3-0 lead, but the celebration was short-lived as Wofford dominated the remainder of the matches.

The Terriers came storming back with victories in No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the singles matches. All came down to the final set, but the Owls fell short in each one. The four consecutive singles victories pulled Wofford past Kennesaw by a final score of 4-3, continuing the Terriers’ undefeated winning streak.

Both the men’s and women’s team will continue their schedule on Saturday, Feb. 18, as they host Alabama State University at 2 p.m.

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