Kentucky Men's Tennis Wins Second Straight SEC Tournament Championship

Nick Roushby:Nick Roush04/21/24

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For the second straight season, the Kentucky men’s tennis team is the best in the SEC. The Wildcats took down South Carolina 4-2 to win the program’s third-ever conference tournament title.

Kentucky improved to 24-2, 12-0 in SEC play. It’s the first time since 1992 that the Wildcats won both the regular season and conference tournament titles.

Charlie Cosnet, a sophomore from Le Mans, France, was named the 2024 SEC Tournament MVP. He was the only Wildcat who went 3-0 in singles play during the tournament at LSU. JJ Mercer was selected to the All-Tournament Team for racking up three doubles victories alongside Josh Lapadat, who earned MVP honors last year.

RESULTS

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 13 South Carolina

Doubles

No. 7 Lapadat/Mercer (UK) def. Samuel/Story (SC): 7-6(3)

Baadi/Loutit (UK) def. Sarr/Da Silva (SC): 6-3

Hoole/Daryabeigi (USC) def. Stephenson/Weekes (UK): 6-4

Singles

No. 15 Toby Samuel (SC) def. No. 35 Taha Baadi (UK): 6-4, 6-2

No. 97 Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. James Story (SC): 6-4, 6-1

Sean Daryabeigi (SC) def. Jaden Weekes (UK): 6-4, 6-1

Charlelie Cosnet (UK) def. Lucas Da Silva (SC): 7-5, 6-3

Jack Loutit (UK) vs. Jelani Sarr (SC): 3-6, 6-4, 4-3 (unfinished)

Eli Stephenson (UK) def. Carter Morgan (SC): 7-6 (4), 6-3

Order of Finish:

Doubles— 2, 3, 1

Singles— 1, 3, 4, 2, 6*

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