No. 6 Men's Tennis Hits The Road For Tough SEC Slate

March 11, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The sixth-ranked University of Kentucky men’s tennis team looks to stay perfect in Southeastern Conference play when it travels to face two top-10 ranked teams this weekend. The Wildcats will play No. 9 Georgia on Friday and No. 2 Tennessee on Sunday with both matches starting at 1 p.m. ET.

Kentucky (11-4, 2-0 SEC) is fresh off defeating two ranked teams in then-No. 15 Ole Miss and then-No. 40 Mississippi State in its SEC home opener last weekend. The Wildcats beat the Rebels 5-2 on Sunday for the first time since 2002 and broke a 23-match SEC win streak by the Rebels. On Friday, UK won a 4-3 decision to Mississippi State.

Georgia (10-2, 2-0 SEC) and Tennessee (13-1, 2-0 SEC) also started their 2010 SEC schedule with two wins each last weekend, posting victories over then-No. 25 Alabama and then-No. 56 Auburn.

Last season, the Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats 6-1 in their only meeting of the season in Lexington. UK has not beat UGA since 2003 when it beat the Bulldogs twice. Georgia is 7-0 at home this season and leads the all-time series against the Wildcats 37-6.

The Bulldogs are lead in singles by No. 29 Javier Garrapiz, No. 104 Bo Seal and No. 105 Nate Schnugg. UGA has one doubles team ranked in No. 34 Garrapiz and Drake Bernstein.

Kentucky upset No. 4 Tennessee twice last season, defeating the Volunteers 4-2 in Knoxville and 4-3 in Lexington 4-3. The Vols won the third meeting 4-2 against the Wildcats in the second round of the SEC Tournament. Tennessee is lead by No. 4 John-Patrick Smith, No. 32 Boris Conkic, No. 51 Rhyne Williams and No. 88 Matt Brewer in singles. UT also has a doubles team ranked in Davey Sandgren and Smith coming in at No. 2 in the country.

Live stats for both meets will be available at ukathletics.com with a live video feed of the match against Georgia also available through georgiadogs.com.