UMO Tennis Wins Seven Individual Championships at PTCI

UMO Tennis Wins Seven Individual Championships at PTCI

Sumter, S.C. – The University of Mount Olive men's and women's tennis teams combined to win seven championships and three consolation draws at the Palmetto Tennis Center Invitational in Sumter, South Carolina.

Location: Palmetto Tennis Center, Sumter, S.C.


  • The Trojans swept doubles competition taking victories at A, B, and C draws.
  • Senior Martim Sousa and sophomore Jose Cortejos grabbed the win in the A doubles championship with an 8-7 defeat of Pfeiffer.
  • Sophomore Ogulcan Deniz and freshman Jack Middleton topped Barton, 8-4, to earn the B doubles championship.
  • At C doubles, sophomore Jacob Clarke and freshman Juan Arbelaez defeated Barton 8-7.
  • Along with the doubles success, UMO captured a pair of singles titles and a consolation victory.
  • In a tight match, Sousa earned the B singles championship with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 triumph over Pfeiffer's Bjorn Barwinski.
  • At E singles, Middleton topped Southern Wesleyan's Jacob Chesney in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
  • In the C singles consolation final, Clarke earned a 6-2, 7-5 victory over North Greenville's Alex Sanchez.


  • In doubles action, Mount Olive took a championship victory and consolation finals victory.
  • Senior Stella Di Michele and sophomore Julie Gonzalez-Rodriguez nabbed an 8-3 victory over Emmanuel at A doubles.
  • In the A doubles consolation final, Senior Alejandra Hernandez and junior Jennifer Byrd topped North Greenville 8-6.
  • UMO added to its haul with a championship win and another consolation finals victory in singles competition.
  • In B singles, Gonzalez-Rodriguez powered past Erskine's Molly Polk for a 6-2, 6-2 straight sets triumph.
  • Byrd capped off the weekend with a win in the D singles consolation final over fellow Trojans Nicole La Chappelle, 6-1, 6-4.


  • "The Palmetto Tennis Invitational provides us the opportunity play a lot of matches versus conference opponents," said UMO Men's and Women's Tennis head coach Kevin Coghill.  "As a team, we are pleased with our efforts this weekend.  We will take this experience to learn and grow individually and as a team. Success is always due to hard work, focus, and teamwork."


The men's tennis team competes in the Methodist University Fall Men's Tennis Tournament in Fayetteville, N.C. September 23-25, while the women's tennis team is idle this weekend.