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Sebastian Barrientos left the title in number five singles. Gonzalo Andres Martinez right won the title in number one singles.Sebastian Barrientos left the title in number five singles. Gonzalo Andres Martinez right won the title in number one singles.

Men's tennis starts season with a bang

     The Patriot men’s tennis team kicked its season off in Danville, Ky. on Saturday as they competed in the Centre College Invitational.

     Freshman Gonzalo Andres Martinez (Madrid, Spain) and Sebastian Barrientos (Cali, Columbia) both won titles at the Centre College Invitational. Gonzalo Andres Martinez won the number one singles, becoming the first player in the program’s history to have accomplished this feat. In his first match Martinez won after Trey Williamson of the University of the Cumberlands retired at 7-5, 2-0. Then Martinez won in the final after Ariez Heshaam of Centre College retired at 6-4.

     Barrientos also won the title in the number five singles. In his first match Barrientos defeated Cumberlands’ Tyler Smith 6-1, 6-2. Then in the final of the number five singles Barrientos defeated Asbury’s Deuce Gibson 7-5, 6-4.

     Felipe Barrientos (Cali, Columbia), brother of Sebastian, fared well in the number four singles. Felipe won in his first match of the day 6-1, 6-2 against Centre’s Alex Wermeling. Then in the final he was defeated by Ty Abraham of Asbury 3-6, 4-6.

     Ivan Kerkoc-Portillo (Spain) also competed at Centre. He lost in the first round to Dan Butcher of Cumberlands 3-6, 3-6, but Ivan came back and won the back draw against Centre’s Logan Brooks 8-3. Sergio Mendoza (Columbia) competed in number three singles where he lost in the first round to Nesbert Vaval of Asbury 0-6, 3-6.

     In number one doubles action Martinez and Kerkoc-Portillo defeated Williamson and Stein 8-3 in the first round. They would then advance to finals where they lost to Heshaam and Fraser of Cumberlands. Sebastian Barrientos and Sergio Mendoza competed in number two doubles where they lost in their first match to Butcher and Cabrera of Cumberlands.

     Head Coach of the tennis team Jim Coomer said, “I am very proud of the way the men played this weekend. This was the first collegiate match for Gonzalo and Sebastian and they both won their divisions.”

     The men’s tennis team will be back in action on October 17 when they travel to the volunteer state to battle Tennessee Wesleyan College.
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