Quigley's Record-Breaking Day Lifts UK in Home Opener

Jan. 24, 2012

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind Eric Quigley tying and setting the school record for singles wins in a career, the No. 7 University of Kentucky men’s tennis rolled in its home opener by sweeping a doubleheader with No. 29 Indiana and Eastern Kentucky at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Tuesday.

Kentucky (4-0) began the day with a 7-0 sweep against top-30 ranked Indiana (2-1), before concluding the night with a 6-0 win over in-state rival EKU (0-2). The Wildcats now lead the all-time series against IU 27-3, including winning nine of their last 10 against the Hoosier. UK has a 39-3 all-time record against the Colonels.

“Really pleased with the way that our team played today,” UK head coach Dennis Emery said. “Indiana is a very good team and they had an outstanding year last year and return a lot of players from that team. So they are very experienced and played well today.”

Quigley, who is ranked fifth in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, headlined UK’s day by breaking Paul Varga’s school record of 144 career singles wins, which has stood for over 27 years. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., had a tough fight in the IU match, facing Josh MacTaggert. Quigley won the first set 6-3, before MacTaggart would bounce back to win the second set 6-4. In the third set, both players exchanged breaks until Quigley broke to go up 5-4 and then held serve to clinch the match.

In his second match against EKU, Quigley squared off against Niklas Schroeder. The UK senior rolled in the first set 6-1 and then continued that momentum into the second set. Leading 5-4 in the second set and serving, Quigley would finish off the match and break the record, earning his 145th career singles victory with a 6-1, 6-4 win.

“Breaking this record is really an honor and something that I will never forget,” Quigley said. “There are so many great players that have come through this program and won some great matches. Most of those guys are still very success in what they are doing now, if they are still playing tennis or not. Right now though, it is time for us to focus on our team goals. We have a special team this year and a really good chance to go far. It’s time for us to focus on what we can achieve as a team.”

Kentucky started the win against Indiana by claiming the doubles point to earn a 1-0 lead. Senior Alex Musialek and sophomore Alejandro Gomez finished first, taking down Will Kendall and Stephen Vogl 8-1 at No. 3 doubles. IU would answer with an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles when Alastair Barnes and Josh MacTaggart defeated Anthony Rossi and Tom Jomby. Quigley and Jha would seal the doubles point for UK at No. 1 doubles in a tight match with Isade Juneau and Jeremy Langer. Both duos would hold serve most of the match before Quigley/Jha earned a break late and held serve to win 8-6.

In singles action, No. 95 Jomby was the first to end, giving Kentucky a 2-0 lead when he took down Dimitrij Tasic at No. 4 singles in straight sets 7-6 (7), 6-4. Quigley would then give UK a 3-0 lead with his historic win at No. 2 singles, before No. 13 Musialek gave UK its decisive fourth point by winning a three-set thriller at No. 1 singles 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 over Juneau.

“I think that the thing our team does well is play from behind and that was evident today,” Emery said. “Eric Quigley was down a break in the third set, Anthony Rossi had to hold serve a couple of times to continue the match and Alex Musialek had to fight his way through losing the first set. Our guys don’t lose very easily and they showed that today. Overall, I was very impressed with how our guys handled themselves to beat a good team like Indiana.”

Although the team win was sealed for UK, all three singles matches still on court continued to play. No. 36 Rossi earned an impressive win at No. 3 singles when he defeated Jeremy Langer 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1). The Wildcats’ final two points came from sophomores Gomez and Jha. Gomez won in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles over Vogl, while Jha took down Barnes in come-from-behind fashion 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.

UK and EKU would play a singles-only match to complete the day, with the Wildcats winning all six matches. Quigley would finish first with his straight-sets win over Schroeder, while No. 85 Jha made light work of Parul Verma with a 6-2, 6-4 win. No. 111 Gomez gave UK a 3-0 lead with his 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Hugo Klientovsky, while Roberts sealed the UK win with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) win over Philip Janz. Sophomores Ryuji Hirooka and Maks Gold completed the action with Hirooka taking down Carles Pons 6-3, 6-1, before Gold gave UK the 6-0 win with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Emilio Piriz.

The Wildcats will be in action again Friday at Noon against No. 57 North Carolina State when it hosts the ITA Kickoff Weekend for the third consecutive season. No. 23 Tulsa and No. 58 East Tennessee State will also be at the event and play at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. The winning teams from Friday will play Saturday at 1 p.m. ET for a chance to play in the National Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va.

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#7 Kentucky 7, #29 Indiana 0
Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex – Lexington, Ky.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1 - #13 Alex Musialek (UK) def. Isade Juneau (IU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
2 - #5 Eric Quigley (UK) def. Josh MacTaggart (IU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
3 - #36 Anthony Rossi (UK) vs. Jeremy Langer (IU) 6-3, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (1)
4 - #95 Tom Jomby (UK) def. Dimitrij Tasic (IU) 7-6 (7), 6-4
5 - #111 Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Stephen Vogl (IU) 6-2, 6-3
6 - #85 Panav Jha (UK) vs. Alastair Barnes (IU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-6

1 - Eric Quigley/Panav Jha (UK) def. Isade Juneau/Jeremy Langer (IU) 8-6
2 - Alastair Barnes/Josh MacTaggart (IU) def. Tom Jomby/Anthony Rossi (UK) 8-2
3 - Alex Musialek/Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Will Kendall/Stephen Vogl (IU) 8-1

Order of Finish:
Singles: 4, 2, 1*, 5, 3, 6
Doubles: 3, 2, 1*

#7 Kentucky 6, Eastern Kentucky 0
Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex – Lexington, Ky.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1 – #5 Eric Quigley (UK) def. Niklas Schroeder (EKU) 6-1, 6-4
2 – #111 Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Hugo Kilentovsky (EKU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3 – Grant Roberts (UK) def. Philip Janz (EKU) 7-5, 7-6 (5)
4 – #85 Panav Jha (UK) def. Parul Verma (EKU) 6-2, 6-4
5 – Ryuji Hirooka (UK) def. Carles Pons (EKU) 6-3, 6-1
6 – Maks Gold (UK) def. Emilio Piriz (EKU)6-2, 6-0

Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 3*, 5, 6