WOOSTER, Ohio — The rainy weather Wednesday forced the Kenyon College men’s tennis team to move indoors, but it didn’t stop the Lords from ringing up an 8-1 victory over The College of Wooster Fighting Scots. The match, played at Aspen Racquet Club, was the first North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) contest for both teams.
The win bumped No. 24-ranked Kenyon to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC. The loss dropped Wooster to 8-6 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Lords were led by junior Luis Andres Platas, who sparked a sweep of singles play. At the top of the team’s lineup, Platas outlasted Wooster senior Alon Liberman 6-4, 4-6, 14-12. Prior to that, Platas paired with first-year Eric Zhang to record an 8-6 victory against Alex Drewes and Nebyou Minassie in the No. 2 doubles match.
Thomas Kallarakal and Rishil Kondapaneni, playing at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, both turned in a pair of wins for the Lords, as well. Kallarakal held on for a 6-1, 2-6, 10-7 win against Austin Hanna, while Kondapaneni earned a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Drewes. Together, Kallarakal and Kondapaneni scored an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles playing against the Wooster pairing of Shivam Dewan and Patrick Johnson.
Wooster’s lone team point came at No. 1 doubles. It was quickly countered by the two Kenyon doubles wins and then the sweep of the singles matches, which was completed by Zhang at No. 4, Rakkan Audeh at No. 5 and Henry Wessel at No. 6.