September OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month: Trey Kernan, Baldwin Wallace

-Story by Joe Huff, Baldwin Wallace Sports Information 

Westerville, Ohio--Trey Kernan’s passion for the sport of tennis grew all throughout high school, which made for an easy decision to play in college. 

Kernan started playing tennis when he was seven years old, saying, “My mom teaches tennis, so she got me into the sport at a young age and has had a large impact on my development throughout my career.”

Since he arrived, Kernan has been a leader on and off the court. He joined the team as a No.1 doubles player and amassed a record of 7-1. 

One of Kernan’s favorite memories comes from a comeback doubles victory his freshman year after beating fifth-seeded Denison University. 

“Hardly having any matches under my belt as a freshman and being able to beat a team of that high caliber was a huge confidence booster for me,” Kernan said. “Coming into college I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of the skill level, so this was a moment where I realized that I belonged here and could make a mark at this level.”

Off the court, Kernan who is a junior sport management major, works in the department of athletics and for the Tennis Club of Rochester, N.Y. He also toured Duke University on a trip with the Sport Management Club.

“It is difficult sometimes, but I think the key to being successful in both athletics and academics is time management and work ethic,” Kernan said. “I want to be successful both on and off the court, so that fuels me.”

Looking ahead, Kernan says, “I’m really excited for this upcoming season. Last year was a tough year with COVID, but I feel that both myself and the rest of the team is ready to turn a corner and contend for an OAC championship this season.”