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Men's tennis clinches share of SEC title

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UK's comeback victory over Ole Miss locked up a share of the regular-season SEC title. (Steve Harp, UK Athletics) UK's comeback victory over Ole Miss locked up a share of the regular-season SEC title. (Steve Harp, UK Athletics)
Even for Dennis Emery, the coach who has led Kentucky's men's tennis program to success throughout his three-decade tenure, Sunday was a special day.

For just the second time in school history (the first was in 1992), UK won a share of the Southeastern Conference title with a 5-2 win over No. 14 Ole Miss. The sixth-ranked Wildcats moved to 22-4 and a perfect 10-0 in conference play.

The victory closed out a weekend sweep of Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and came in spite of losing the doubles point to the visiting Rebels. UK rallied in singles to win five of six matches, with No. 7 Eric Quigley coming back from a set down to clinch the match for the Cats against No. 19 Nik Scholtz.

Even though the Wildcats are rightfully celebrating their accomplishment, they have their eyes on bigger goals. First, UK will look to close out the regular season strong in home matches this weekend against Illinois and Vanderbilt. A victory over Vandy will seal an outright regular-season SEC title.

From there, Kentucky will move on to the postseason, first in the SEC Tournament beginning on April 19, then in the NCAA Tournament, which kicks off on May 11.

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