TENNIS: Georgia takes down Kennesaw State 8-1 on Monday

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TENNIS: Georgia takes down Kennesaw State 8-1 on Monday

 Georgia tennis player Blake Croyder during a match against Kennesaw State in the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Center in Athens, Ga., on Mon., Jan. 20, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Georgia tennis player Blake Croyder during a match against Kennesaw State in the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Center in Athens, Ga., on Mon., Jan. 20, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Cold temperatures on Monday that never climbed out of the lower 40s on the thermometer forced the No. 19-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team into the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Center in their match versus Kennesaw State Owls. But despite the change of venue, the Bulldogs prevailed 8-1 over the Owls.

UGA improves to 1-0 in dual-match play ahead of this weekend’s ITA Kick-Off in Starkville, Miss. Georgia clinched Monday’s contest at 4-0 and added extra singles matchups to put the final tally at 8-1. 

“We played really well up and down the lineup today,” head coach Manuel Diaz said. “Kennesaw State is a much-improved team from last year and made us work hard. I thought our guys came out with great energy and intensity. This is a great group of guys. They make it a lot of fun, and I feel like they are getting better every single day.”

Georgia made quick work of the Owls in doubles, taking wins at each of the four courts. The freshman/sophomore combo of Tyler Zink and Trent Bryde led things off with a 6-2 victory, before Robert Loeb and Erik Grevelius clinched the point with a 6-1 triumph. 

The Bulldogs’ 17th-ranked tandem of Blake Croyder and Philip Henning won their team-best 10th match of the year with a 6-3 victory against Harvey Maughan and Kevin Patel. Sam Dromky and Baptiste Anselmo, who played together for the first time in their careers, won 6-2. 

In singles, Henning and Zink continued their impressive starts to the season. The 12th-ranked Henning downed Sergio Ingles, 6-2, 6-0, before Zink improved to 5-1 overall with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. 

Grevelius tallied his ninth-straight win of the season and improved his team-best record to 16-5 with a match-clinching, 6-1, 6-4, win on court four. 

No. 57-ranked Bryde won his third consecutive contest of the year, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. Bryde, who defeated No. 13-ranked Christian Sigsgaard last weekend in Miami, played at the No. 1 singles court for Georgia on Monday. 

Next up for the men, a battle of the Bulldogs in Starkville Georgia hits the road to take on Mississippi State at 2:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. CT) this coming Saturday on January 25th.

Match Results for Georgia vs. Kennesaw State

Singles

1. #57 Trent Bryde (UGA) def. Bryan Triana (Kenn State), 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

2. Tyler Zink (UGA) def. Sebastian Osorio (Kenn State), 6-2, 6-4

3. #12 Philip Henning (UGA) def. Sergio Ingles (Kenn State), 6-2, 6-0

4. Erik Grevelius (UGA) def. Kevin Patel (Kenn State), 6-1, 6-4

5. Robert Loeb (UGA) def. Seru Tezuka (Kenn State), 6-0, 6-1

6. #88 Blake Croyder (UGA) def. Harvey Maughan (Kenn State), 6-2, 6-2

7. Baptiste Anselmo (UGA) def. Mritunjay Badola (Kenn State), 6-1, 6-4

8. Harvey Conway (Kenn State) def. Sam Dromsky (UGA), 6-4, 7-6 (7)

Order: (3,2,4,1,5

Doubles

1. Trent Bryde/Tyler Zink (UGA) def. Gaston Muhammad/Sergio Ingles (Kenn State), 6-2

2. #17 Philip Henning/Blake Croyder (UGA) def. Harvey Maughan/Kevin Patel (Kenn State), 6-3

3. Robert Loeb/Erik Grevelius (UGA) def. Sebastian Osorio/Bryan Triana (Kenn State), 6-1

4. Sam Dromsky/Baptiste Anselmo (UGA) def. Drew Lahey/Mritunjay Badola (Kenn State), 6-2

Order: (1,3.2.4)

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