March 28, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The men's tennis team (12-7, 3-4 SEC) hits the road again for a pair of matches against Southeastern Conference Eastern Division foes in No. 8 Kentucky (16-6, 4-3 SEC) and No. 14 Vanderbilt (13-6, 4-3 SEC). The Crimson Tide will take on the Wildcats on Friday at 1 p.m. CT in Lexington, Ky., while Sunday's match in Nashville, Tenn., against the Commodores is slated to start at Noon. CT.
Alabama is coming off a pair of close 4-1 losses last week to No. 18 Florida and South Carolina at home. In Friday's match against the Gators, senior Jarryd Botha, picked up a pair of wins against nationally-ranked opponents as he and sophomore David Vieyra knocked off 57th-ranked Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek in doubles before collecting a victory in singles over No. 75 Florent Diep for the Tide's lone point of the match. In Sunday's loss to the Gamecocks, sophomore Stuart Kenyon improved to 5-1 against SEC opponents as he beat Harry Menzies in three sets on court six.
Kentucky enters the weekend having lost its last two matches, falling 4-1 to No. 9 Tennessee and 4-2 to No. 6 Georgia. Prior to that, the Wildcats had gone 4-1 against SEC opponents. Kentucky is led by Anthony Rossi, who moved up to No. 18 in the national singles rankings after picking up a win in straight sets last weekend against seventh-ranked KU Singh of Georgia.
Vanderbilt also fell last weekend to the Bulldogs and Volunteers, with both matches ending in 4-2 fashion. The Commodores' Ryan Lipman leads the team from the No. 1 singles position, ranking 17th in the nation, while Kris Yee has won 16-straight singles matches with a 6-0 mark against SEC opponents from court four.
Live scoring will be available for both matches and can be found on the men's tennis schedule page by clicking here.