Kentucky Takes on No. 3 Georgia on Thursday
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After taking down No. 14 Texas A&M in a 6-1 victory on Saturday and moving back into the top 25 of the ITA/Oracle national rankings, the No. 23 Kentucky women’s tennis team will welcome its highest ranked opponent of the season to the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center on Thursday. The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs will come to Lexington for a 6 p.m. match against the Wildcats.
Overall, Kentucky is 12-5 on the year with its only five losses coming against a top-20 opponent. Headlining the Wildcat lineup is the duo of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi, who are ranked as the No. 3 doubles team in the country after bursting onto the national scene with a preseason top-10 ranking for the first time in their careers. Sutjiadi is also ranked in singles, sitting at No. 49 behind a 10-3 record this season, including 3-2 in SEC play. Freshman Justina Mikulskytė also made her way into the ITA rankings this week after her impressive play at the No. 1 spot and picking up an 11-4 record and 2-3 mark in the SEC.
Kentucky’s doubles lineup has been instrumental in getting the matches going, as the Wildcats have only dropped two doubles points, both of which were in the opening matches of the season against No. 44 Dartmouth and No. 6 Michigan. In a recent notable performance against No. 13 Florida, UK deprived the Gators of the opening point for just the second time this season. Overall, all three primary doubles pairings have lost a combined five out of 28 sets. Adachi and Sutjiadi have posted an 8-2 record (3-0 SEC), while Morgan Chumney and Akvilė Paražinskaitė have a 9-2 (3-1 SEC) record and Nadia Ravita and Justina Mikulskytė hold a 9-1 (2-1) mark. Chumney and Paražinskaitė have also picked up a national ranking in the latest release, sitting at No. 51 in the country.
Georgia sits atop the SEC standings with a 12-1 record, with the only loss coming to No. 3 North Carolina in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Feb. 7. Like the rest of the SEC, the Bulldogs will prove to be a tough opponent, as the team has blanked six of its opponents and allowed just 14 points to be scored against them in 13 dual matches. Headlining the singles players is No. 7 Ellen Perez, who has compiled a 7-1 record in the top spot for Georgia. Perez is also one half of Georgia’s top doubles team along with Mariana Gould, making up the No. 28 duo in the nation that has posted a 5-3 record this season. Also ranked in singles for the Bulldogs are No. 27 Caroline Brinson, No. 56 Kennedy Shaffer and No. 79 Silvia Garcia. Georgia boasts one more ranked doubles team, with Garcia and Shaffer combining for the No. 63 team in the country.
UK athletics marketing, in conjunction with the men’s and women’s tennis programs, is excited to announce the launch of The Wildcat Advantage, Kentucky’s new tennis fan club. Members can accumulate points to trade in and receive prizes by signing in at matches they attend for both the men’s and women’s teams. Members will also be signed up for an email group to receive reminders of upcoming tennis matches. Members of The Wildcat Advantage can earn a point by signing in at each tennis match and can earn additional points for signing friends up for the club. Prizes include The Wildcat Advantage t-shirts, Papa John’s pizza coupons, and exclusive tennis experiences throughout the season.
Live stats for Sunday’s match will be available here.
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