BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - - Belmont University men's tennis was well-represented at the 2019 CCB Collegiate Invitational this weekend, hosted by the University of Alabama.
Junior Grant Kelly (Atlanta, Ga.) won his final two matches of the weekend, including a convincing 6-0 closeout set over his competitor from South Alabama Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, junior and Birmingham native David Faulkner was able to play in front of familiar faces; an despite an unlucky draw of No. 2 overall seed Jan Soren Hain in opening round singles, Faulkner acquitted himself well thereafter, including taking a tiebreak on Max Rabol from Samford Saturday.
"It was great for Grant and David to get these matches in against quality competition to close the fall," Belmont director of tennis Mauricio Antun said. "They will both play major roles as we transition into the spring and pursue our team goals for the season."
Following semester exams, Belmont returns to competition Jan. 18 at Vanderbilt.
2019 CCB Collegiate Invitational
Houndstooth Singles' Draw
Jake Penny (LIP) def. Grant Kelly (BEL) 6-1, 6-2
Grant Kelly (BEL) def. Timothy Dixon (SAM) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Grant Kelly (BEL) def. Ezra Blissard (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
White Singles' Draw
Jan Soren Hain (2) (MISS) def. David Faulkner (BEL) 6-0, 6-0
Pierce Gilheany (ULL) def. David Faulkner (BEL) 6-4, 6-3
Max Rabol (SAM) def. David Faulkner (BEL) 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2