Men's Tennis Topped by No. 7 Kentucky, 4-1
March 25, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The men's tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to seventh-ranked Kentucky on Sunday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 6-10 on the season and 1-5 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the Wildcats improve to 18-4 overall and 6-0 in the league.
"Unfortunately we didn't play as well in doubles as we have been, and that hurt us," said Alabama head coach Billy Pate. "I was encouraged with how we competed in singles in most spots though, giving us a shot. We just haven't had all the guys play well on the same day, and that's frustrating."
Kentucky took a 1-0 lead following doubles after securing the early point. First to finish was the matchup on court three where sophomores Alejandro Gomez and Tom Jomby topped Tide senior Michael Thompson and freshman David Vieyra, 8-4. Shortly after, the Wildcats claimed their second win of the day to end doubles play with an 8-3 win on court one as senior Alex Musialek and junior Anthony Rossi topped Alabama senior Ricky Doverspike and junior Jarryd Botha. The match on court two was halted between Tide senior Vikram Reddy and sophomore Carlos Taborga and Kentucky senior Eric Quigley and sophomore Grant Roberts, which stood at 5-5.
In singles, Kentucky would take three of the four matches that finished, earning the overall team victory. Rossi, ranked 28th in the nation in singles, gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-0 win on court three over Tide sophomore Daniil Proskura. Next to finish was the matchup on court two where 21st-ranked Musialek topped Botha, 6-2, 6-0. Vieyra awarded Alabama its lone point of the match with a big win on court five, taking down 99th-ranked Gomez, 6-3, 6-4. Fifth-ranked Quigley would clinch the match on court one as he outlasted Doverspike, 6-4, 6-3.
"With the doubles point, I think Kentucky played very confidently, and they are as good as anyone in the country at the top three positions," added Pate. "David had a very good win in singles today, and Vikram likely would have won had we played the matches out, so I was very pleased with their level. Stuart had a good chance too, and since it was his first SEC match he had some nerves in the first set, but battled back really well."
Next up, Alabama will hit the road for a weekend series at South Carolina and Florida on March 30 and April 1, respectively.