Owls win singles and doubles titles at Mercer Gridiron Classic

Owls win singles and doubles titles at Mercer Gridiron Classic

The Kennesaw State men’s and women’s tennis teams found success at the Mercer Gridiron Classic the weekend of Friday, Sept. 20, with three singles victories and one doubles win.

On Friday, former Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Bryan Triana advanced to the quarterfinals of Flight A and sophomore Kevin Patel moved into the quarterfinals of Flight B with wins.

Freshman Taylor Dean showed promise to the beginning of her Owls career as she reached the quarterfinals of Flight A with a pair of wins. Dean’s tennis experience includes playing in multiple Women’s Tennis Association tour matches around the world.

“The four freshmen got some of the nerves out the first day and then responded with a great last two days,” Director of Tennis Matt Emery said. “It was great to see Taylor get her collegiate career off to a strong start as well, making the semifinals of the ‘A’ draw.”

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Kevin Patel won Flight B singles match on Friday, Sept. 20. Photo credit: Kyle Hess/KSU Athletics

On Saturday, it was an all-KSU men’s doubles final for the Flight B championship as Patel and sophomore Jack Sorel beat senior Sebastian Osorio and sophomore Harvey Maughan 7-6 to win the title.

Freshman Sofia Pinedo stole the show for the Owls on Sunday. She put a winning effort in for the women’s Flight B consolation match with a strong victory over Troy’s Tijana Svitlica 6-4, 6-2.

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Sofia Pinedo defeated Troy’s Tijana Svitlica 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday, Sept. 20 during the Mercer Gridiron Classic. Photo credit: Kyle Hess/KSU Athletics

Pinedo ranks No. 68 in the Spanish Women’s Open Rankings, according to her profile on the KSU Athletics website.

To finish off the weekend for KSU, Triana won his singles final 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, while Patel won his match 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 to win the title in Flight B.

As a freshman in 2017, Triana won 13 singles matches and 17 doubles matches. He finished last season by winning four of his last six singles matches.

“Overall, we were very pleased with both teams’ performances this weekend,” Emery said. “Bryan and Kevin saw some of their hard work begin to pay off, which was great to see.”

The men look to keep the momentum going at the Louisville Fall Invite on Friday, Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, while the women travel to the Georgia Southern Fall Invitational the same weekend.

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