Men's Tennis Stays 14th, Play No. 2 Virginia at Noon

Feb. 4, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Fresh off one of the most exciting matches of the year, a 4-3 victory over then-No. 16 Wake Forest at home, the University of Kentucky men's tennis team will face its most challenging opponent of the young season on Saturday when it hosts No. 2 Virginia at the Hilary J. Boone Indoor Tennis Complex.

Kentucky will play the Cavaliers at noon Saturday and conclude the doubleheader with an in-state rivalry match against Eastern Kentucky at 8 p.m. ET. Between UK's two matches, the Colonels and the Cavaliers will play a dual meet beginning at 4 p.m. ET inside Boone.

Admission to all three matches is free and ukathletics.com will have live results for all three matches.

UK is coming off its best weekend of the season, notching wins over top-50 Michigan and Wake Forest in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Kickoff weekend. The victories were historic for the Wildcats as it advanced them to their first ITA National Indoor or Outdoor round of 16 since 2005.

The dual-match doubleheader will be a great warm-up before the Wildcats travel to Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 12-15 for the ITA National Indoor Championships. Kentucky is seeded 13th in the tournament and will play the fourth-seeded Bruins of UCLA in the first round on Friday, Feb. 12.

The Wildcats and the Cavaliers played last year in Charlottesville with UVA defeating UK. In 2008, Kentucky battled top-ranked Virginia to the end, falling short of an upset bid, 4-3 at Virginia.

UK also hosted the Colonels last season, defeating EKU 6-0 in Lexington. The Wildcats swept all singles points in the dual meet, winning all matches by straight sets. 

Wildcats Stay at No. 14

After a very successful weekend in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff weekend where the Wildcats posted wins over No. 41 Michigan and No. 16 Wake Forest, the Kentucky men's tennis teams stayed at No. 14 in the ITA rankings.

Kentucky (4-1) is off to a fast start to the season, posting two wins over top-50 teams, including current top-15 team Wake Forest and top-40 Michigan. UK did post a loss at then-No. 27 Virginia Tech, now ranked in the top 20.

The Wildcats boast a slew of ranked players, including No. 8 Eric Quigley and No. 39 Alex Musialek. Quigley has been great for the Wildcats this season in the No. 1 singles and doubles position. The sophomore has a 3-1 singles record that includes wins over one top-50 ranked player and the No. 1 singles player from No. 15 Wake Forest.

Musialek, who clinched the wining point for Kentucky in its 4-2 win over now-No. 36 Michigan, has also been superb for UK. The sophomore out of France holds the No. 2 singles position for UK and has a 3-2 record in that spot this season.

UK also has a top-10 ranked doubles team in Quigley and junior Brad Cox. So far this season, Quigley and Cox have posted a 2-1 record, helping UK to claim three consecutive doubles points.