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Lords, Ladies play well in final tune-up before ITA regionals

Women’s Tennis

Kenyon women’s tennis collected six wins at the Kenyon College Invitational this past weekend. The tournament brought six other colleges to Gambier.

Perhaps the most impressive play at the invitational was that of Erika Oku ’21, who dominated the second singles flight with 6-0, 6-0 wins against the College of Wooster’s Shannon Sertz and Ohio Northern University’s Lynn Kelly. In her first-place match, Oku faced her most difficult opponent in Denison University’s Megan Hickey, whom she defeated in two sets 6-3, 6-0.

“Our goal for the invitational was to get a couple wins in both the singles and doubles draws,” Oku said. “And we did exactly that … I was really proud to see how hard everyone fought in each of their matches.”

Annie Reiner ’19 also had an impressive performance in the fourth singles flight, defeating opponents from Wooster and John Carroll University en route to a first-place, straight-set victory against Carnegie Mellon University’s Nila Ramaswamy.

In the fifth flight, Kenyon Ladies showed their strength and depth as Kayla Pukys ’21 beat her  teammate Megan Collins ’20 to claim first place. Mara Kaspers ’20 took third place in a 6-2, 6-3 win over John Carroll’s Skye Harwood.

Diana Aboubakare ’18 hits an overhead shot. Aboubakare was one of many Ladies with solid showings.

In doubles, the Ladies continued their winning form with first place finishes from the pairings of Oku-Diana Aboubakare ’18 in the first doubles flight, Reiner-Collins in the third doubles flight and capped off by Alyssa Moreau ’18-Pukys’s crown in the fourth doubles flight.

The Ladies will finish their fall season at the three-day Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional tournament this weekend, Sept. 22 through Sept. 24, at Oberlin College.

Men’s Tennis

Kenyon men’s tennis played well as they traveled to Oberlin College this weekend to compete against nine teams at the Oberlin College Invitational.

In singles, Austin Diehl ’18 had a solid showing, adding two more wins to his collection as he beat  Wooster’s Titas Bera 5-2 and Oberlin’s Camron Cohen 6-2, 6-2. Mattias Mauviel ’21 followed suit with two wins of his own over Baldwin Wallace University’s Roger Boyer in two sets and Hoango Do of Ohio Northern University in three sets. Bryan Yoshino ’21 added  two more wins over Oberlin’s Matthew Porges 6-2, 6-3 and Denison’s Brian Weisberg 7-6, 6-2.

The Lords excelled in doubles with the pairing of Max Smith ’18 and Anatol Doroskevic ’19, who swept their competition, going 3-0 during the invitational. They beat Wooster’s pairing of Titas Bera and Jesse DeWitt 8-5, then moved on to defeat Case Western Reserve University’s Earl Hsieh and Aris Jhaveri 9-7  They concluded with an 8-4 victory over Vitallii Stadnyk and Aleksandr Sergeev from Earlham College.

Additionally, the pairings of Jacob Zalenski ’20-Austin Diehl ’20 and Henry Barrett ’19-Yoshino earned a couple of wins each to round out the fairly successful weekend.

The Lords will travel to Kalamazoo College (Mich.) to compete in the three-day ITA regional tournament, starting on Sept. 29 and going through Oct. 1.


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