The Kenyon men’s tennis team began their season with the Kenyon Invitational, held Sept. 18 and 19. The Lords ended the tournament with a 17-21 singles record and a 12-8 doubles record.
Kenyon (ranked No. 11 in the NCAA Division III’s Central Region) faced tough competition in the form of No. 2 Case Western Reserve University, No. 14 Carnegie Mellon University, No. 21 Denison University and Oberlin College.
While no Lords were able to go undefeated in singles play, many of them still found success, particularly Thomas Kallarakal ’23. Though he dropped his first match to Case Western’s Daniel French, Kallarakal was able to bounce back in the consolation bracket against Carnegie Mellon’s William Wang and Benny Zhou. In total, seven Lords were able to achieve two wins in singles play.
Meanwhile, in doubles, Kallarakal and Luis Andres Platas ’23 went undefeated, besting pairs from Oberlin (8-6), Case Western (8-6), and Carnegie Mellon (8-2) on their way to a 3-0 record. No other pairs were able to match their success, but the teams of Rishil Kondapaneni ’25 and Eric Zhang ’25, Jacob Smith ’23 and Jack Wagner ’22, and Matias Mauviel ’22 and Angelo Vidal ’22 were able to achieve 2-1 records.
The Lords will head north this weekend to continue their season at the University of Toledo Rocket Invitational.