Cats Pick Up Back-to-Back Wins Over Kennesaw State
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In its first doubleheader since Jan. 13, Kentucky men’s tennis once again picked up two wins at Boone Tennis Center. The Wildcats defeated Kennesaw State on Sunday afternoon by scores of 5-0 and 6-1.
“It was important for the team to get these wins,” said freshman Kevin Huempfner. “They were a dangerous team. We had to take care of getting focused and locking in to play.”
Kentucky posted a nearly perfect performance in the first match, winning the doubles point and all four completed singles bouts. Junior Cesar Bourgois was the first Wildcat to emerge victorious in a 6-1, 6-4 singles battle versus Kennesaw State’s Gaston Muhammad on court three, while No. 57 Ryo Matsumura’s 6-1, 6-1 triumph over No. 106 Fermin Calvo Barcelo was the clincher.
It was the Owls who set the momentum in the second match, claiming the doubles point by way of a 6-4 thriller for Lucas de Torres Curth and Harvey Maughan over Huempfner and Fabian Penzkofer on court three.
Kentucky rallied for singles play, however, burying its opponent in every matchup. Bourgois was once again the first Cat to finish, beating Muhammad in a 6-3, 6-2 rematch. Senior Enzo Wallart was the decider this time, winning 6-3, 6-2 over Calvo Barcelo in the match’s top singles slot.
Former Eastern Kentucky transfer Parth Aggarwal made his proper UK debut in the latter half of the doubleheader, claiming a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Maughan.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to play,” Aggarwal said. “It was a solid day for us. To get two good wins is big for the team.”
Kentucky moves to 5-2 at home and 6-4 overall. The Wildcats will take a 10-day hiatus before returning to the court for a monumental road match, taking on No. 2 Ohio State on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. ET.
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KENTUCKY 5, KENNESAW STATE 0
- #57 Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. #106 Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-1, 6-1
- #96 Kento Yamada (UK) def. Bryan Triana (KSU) 6-3, 6-3
- Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad (KSU) 6-1, 6-4
- Kevin Huempfner (UK) def. Lucas de Torres Curth (KSU) 6-0, 6-2
- Fabian Penzkofer (UK) vs. Sebastian Osorio (KSU) 3-2, unfinished
- Parth Aggarwal (UK) vs. Harvey Maughan (KSU) unfinished
- Enzo Wallart/Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Bryan Triana/Drew Lahey (KSU) 6-1
- Kento Yamada/Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad/Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-1
- Fabian Penzkofer/Kevin Huempfner (UK) vs. Lucas de Torres Curth/Harvey Maughan (KSU) 3-5, unfinished
KENTUCKY 6, KENNESAW STATE 1
- Enzo Wallart (UK) def. #106 Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-3, 6-2
- #57 Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. Bryan Triana (KSU) 6-1, 6-0
- Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad (KSU) 6-3, 6-2
- #96 Kento Yamada (UK) def. Lucas deTorres Curth (KSU) 6-2, 6-3
- Kevin Huempfner (UK) def. Sebastian Osorio (KSU) 6-1, 6-4
- Parth Aggarwal (UK) def. Harvey Maughan (KSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Cesar Bourgois/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Gaston Muhammad/Fermin Calvo Barcelo (KSU) 6-4
- Bryan Triana/Drew Lahey (KSU) def. Ryo Matsumura/Kento Yamada (UK) 6-4
- Lucas deTorres Curth/Harvey Maughan (KSU) def. Kevin Huempfner/Fabian Penzkofer (UK) 6-4
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