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Kentucky Sports Report (week of April 16)

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Men's tennis

- Kentucky posted two impressive wins over the week to conclude regular-season action, defeating No. 23 Illinois and No. 43 Vanderbilt. The win against Vanderbilt sealed the outright SEC Championship for Kentucky, who went 11-0 in league play for the first time in school history.

- The victory over Vanderbilt completes a nine-match winning streak to end the season for Kentucky. During those nine matches, the Wildcats have defeated some of the best teams in the nation, posting wins over six teams that are currently ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's top 25.

- UK won both doubles points during the week, moving to 17-0 this season when it wins the doubles point. Seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek, along with junior Anthony Rossi and sophomore Alejandro Gomez went 2-0 in singles on the week.

- UK receives a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament and will play the winner of LSU-Vanderbilt in the second round Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

Baseball

- Facing its toughest test in an historically unprecedented season, No. 1 Kentucky baseball traveled to Baum Stadium and won a series at No. 9 Arkansas last weekend for the first time since 2002 and just the second time in the history of the program. UK won two of the three games at Arkansas, also suffering a midweek loss to No. 19 Louisville during the four-game week.

- The Wildcats are continuing the best start to a season in the history of the program, with its 11-4 opening through the first half of the 30-game league schedule. UK's series win at Arkansas was the first in a nine-game home series span for the Razorbacks, and UK's doubleheader sweep on Saturday was the first allowed by Arkansas to one team since the 1996 season.

- UK leads the nation in wins, sits atop the SEC standings, own an 11-2 record in one-run games and a 9-4 record in games against top-25 teams. The Wildcats have opened up the year with series wins over No. 2 South Carolina, Tennessee, No. 18 Georgia, No. 10 Ole Miss and No. 9 Arkansas.

Softball

- The Kentucky softball team charted a 3-2 week against Arkansas and Georgia to keep the Wildcats in the hunt for postseason play. The series victory over the top-10 ranked Bulldogs is just the second time in school history UK has taken a series from Georgia and first since 2000.

- The sophomore duo of Emily Jolly and Lauren Cumbess were instrumental in leading the Wildcats. Jolly batted .500 with a team-high five runs scored, six RBI and a pair of homers. Jolly played a part in eight of UK's 13 scoring innings this week.

- Sophomore Lauren Cumbess put the exclamation point on a tremendous pitching performance by UK's staff. Senior Chanda Bell limited Georgia to just one-hit and one-run in the opening game of the series. Cumbess topped her teammate with the first no-hitter of her career in the series-clinching victory on Saturday. Cumbess allowed just five base runners while striking out seven in the win. It was the first no-hitter for UK since April of 2011 and the first thrown against Georgia since former Tennessee All-American Monica Abbott turned the trick in 2007. In 14 innings of two wins over the Bulldogs, UK pitchers limited Georgia to one hit and 11 total base runners.

- Cumbess was also a spark offensively with a .471 batting average and a pair of doubles. Senior Brittany Cervantes homered three times in five games and has hit six in the last eight games for UK.

Track and field

- Keilah Tyson won the 200m dash at the Border Battle Kentuckiana with a UK freshman record time of 23.68. Tyson's time is the third fastest 200m in UK history and is her fourth UK freshman record.

- Terence Boyd had career-best marks in the long jump and triple jump. Boyd's long jump of 24-04.50 is the fifth best in UK history, and his triple jump of 50-00.50 is the eighth best in school history.

- Kayla Parker won the 100m hurdles with a career-best time of 13.72, the seventh fastest time in UK history. Parker also had a career-best long jump mark of 18-08.75.

- Kentucky's 4x100m relay team of Julie Nunn, Kayla Parker, Shiara Robinson and Keilah Tyson finished first with a time of 45.28, the fourth-fastest in UK history.

Women's tennis

- The women's tennis team faced No. 24 Vanderbilt for its last match of the regular season. The Wildcats fell to the Commodores, 7-0.

- Freshman Stephanie Fox and sophomore Misha Testerman grabbed a doubles victory for the Cats, defeating Megan Gorney and Nelly Redeva, 8-5.

- The Wildcats will next travel to Oxford, Miss., for the SEC Championships. As the 11th seed, they will face 6th-seeded South Carolina at 10 a.m. ET on April 19.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, April 17

Baseball hosts Cincinnati - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18

Softball at Ole Miss (DH) - 5:00 p.m. /7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 19

Women's tennis vs. South Carolina - 10:00 a.m. (Oxford, Miss.)

Friday, April 20

Women's tennis SEC Quarterfinals - 10:00 a.m. (Oxford, Miss.)

Men's tennis vs. Vanderbilt/LSU - 3:00 p.m. (Starkville, Miss.)

Softball at Mississippi State - 6:00 p.m.

Baseball hosts LSU - 6:30 p.m.

Women's golf at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Men's golf at SEC Championships (St. Simons Island, Ga.)

Track and field at Polytan Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)

Saturday, April 21

Women's tennis SEC Semifinals - 11:00 a.m. (Oxford, Miss.)

Softball at Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.

Baseball hosts LSU - 2:00 p.m.

Men's tennis SEC Semifinals - 3:00 p.m. (Starkville, Miss.)

Football hosts Blue/White Scrimmage - 6:00 p.m.

Women's golf at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Men's golf at SEC Championships (St. Simons Island, Ga.)

Track and field at Polytan Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)

Sunday, April 22

Baseball hosts LSU - 1:00 p.m.

Women's tennis SEC Finals - 1:00 p.m. (Oxford, Miss.)

Men's tennis SEC Finals - 2:00 p.m. (Starkville, Miss.)

Softball at Mississippi State - 2:00 p.m.

Women's golf at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Men's golf at SEC Championships (St. Simons Island, Ga.)


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