Varsity Day 2 saw UKC Men’s Tennis venture to Polo Farm in a day long battle to win a potential 5 points.
The day opened with the 1st doubles played by Conor Padelli and Giacomo Di Carlo as the 1st seeds and Eliott Broche and Sam Pickles as the 2nd seeds. Conor and Giacomo were able to see off their Christ Church opponents in two sets, but Eliot and Sam were defeated in a game that went all the way to a third set tie break, losing 6-7, 7-6, 8-10 in a slug fest on second court.
The 1st team singles game followed shortly after. Sam Pickles took centre court in what would end in a 7-5 and 6-4 match win. The fiercely fought game started evenly matched, with a few shaky serves from either side and exhibitions of top notch tennis know -how. Yet, as the game progressed, Pickles pulled away confidently. Despite a few powerful serves from CCCU’s player, Pickles continued to return the hard hitters' hosts. The passionate player was clearly pleased with his win after finishing the close game, commenting on the “good day of tennis” that had been played.
Conor Pacelli and Eliot Broche both made quick work of their singles games. Eliot was largely in cruise control, winning 6-2, 6-2 and displaying considerable grace and skill with a racket in his hand in his two set victory. Pacelli was also finished in double quick time as he won in two sets as his nonchalant style, displayed by him still wearing his tennis puffa jacket for part of the match, was used to great effect to bring home the win.
Arguably the most exciting game of the day was the nail-biter fought by UKC’s Giacomo which saw him play for over an hour in a marathon effort to fight back from the brink and claim the win in a blockbuster 8-6 final set. This led to the Men’s Tennis 1s securing a 5-1 victory over Christ Church.
In a breathless day of tennis, we moved straight on to the Men’s Tennis 2s, as Paco Vives Jiminez and Alex Loggie Videira were the first seeds and Patrick Creamer and James Stock were the second as the doubles began. Paco and Alex secured a victory 6-4, 6-4, then Patrick and James won in two sets, 7-5, 6-3. With both showing great teamwork and skill to best their Christ Church counterparts.
It was more of the same in the singles games. James Stock and Robert Ren completed the clean sweep, as the former won 6-3, 6-4 and Robert won 6-1,6-2. Stock appeared cool and collected and showed few signs of frustration, despite the closely fought game. This severely contrasted the fiery passion of his CCCU opponent who could be heard yelling in frustration when succumbing to the skills of Stock. As the games went on Stock bested his opponent with a combination of lobs and perfectly placed power shots. Few were returned, culminating in several exciting rallies, yet Stock finished on top. Robert Ren’s fresh legs undoubtedly helped him in his landslide win in two sets, ending in 6-1 and 6-2. Ren Dominated from the onset, masterfully forcing his opponent to sprint the length of the court. This in combination with his power serve left little opportunity for the CCCU player to creep back into the game.
Overall, this secured a 5-0 victory, as time constraints and the fact that Team Kent had already won led to the final singles match of the day not going ahead. A fantastic day of tennis from all involved led to Kent obtaining all 5 available Varsity points