Men's Tennis Climbs to No. 8 in ITA Rankings

Feb. 25, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- - The University of Kentucky men's tennis team has climbed to No. 8 in the latest national rankings released by the International Tennis Association on Feb. 23. The Wildcats moved up one slot from their previous ranking of No. 9 on Feb. 18.

Kentucky was ranked fourth in the nation during 2002, concluding the year at No. 8.

The Wildcats (7-4) are coming off a 5-2 setback at No. 3 Ohio State, who extended its current consecutive match win streak to 94. The matchup with the Buckeyes marked the eighth time this season Kentucky has faced a nationally ranked opponent, with the Wildcats winning on four occasions.

Kentucky owns wins over No. 13 Illinois, No. 16 Wake Forest and No. 41 Michigan. But, the Wildcats' signature victory to date came against then-No. 2 and current No. 1 Virginia, 4-3, on Feb. 6. One of the biggest wins in school history, the victory over Virginia snapped the Cavaliers' 63-match regular-season win streak.

Singles and doubles rankings will not be updated until the March 2 ITA listings. UK sophomores Eric Quigley (Pewee Valley, Ky.) and Alex Musialek (Dax, France) are ranked eighth and No. 29, respectively, among singles players. The UK doubles tandem of Quigley and junior Brad Cox (Duluth, Ga.) is listed at No. 14.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to battle Jacksonville State at 11 a.m. EST followed by Belmont at 3:30 p.m. Jacksonville State is 1-4 this season heading into Saturday's match with Tennessee Tech. Belmont is 4-1 this year and will face Samford on Friday before playing Kentucky on Sunday.

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