Men's Tennis to Host Magnolia State Schools over Weekend
March 13, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 15 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team will host No. 21 Mississippi State on Friday afternoon, and No. 54 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon as the Southeastern Conference season hits the halfway point this weekend for the 2014 season.
Kentucky will face No. 21 Mississippi State at 4 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon, with the Wildcats hosting No. 54 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center in Lexington. All fans that attend the matches will receive free pizza complimentary of UK men’s tennis.
No. 15 UK enters the weekend at 10-4 overall on the year and 3-0 in SEC play. The Wildcats and No. 16 Georgia are the only two teams left that are undefeated in SEC play entering play this weekend.
Kentucky went a combined 4-0 last season against the Magnolia State teams, with three wins over Mississippi State, including a 4-2 win in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Sweet 16, and beat both teams on the road in regular season action.
Senior Tom Jomby was named the SEC Player of the Week on Wednesday afternoon, leading into action this weekend. Jomby continued his stellar play, as he recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 11 Harrison Adams. Friday’s win marked the third time this season Jomby has defeated an opponent ranked higher than him. The Nantes, France, native is now 13-1 on the year in singles play, and 3-0 in the SEC.
Jomby in doubles also had a big afternoon, as he teamed with sophomore Kevin Lai to defeat the No. 1 team in the nation of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, 8-7 (4) in the deciding doubles point match.
On Tuesday morning, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced that Jomby had moved into the top 10 of the singles rankings for the first time in his career. Jomby is the highest-ranked UK singles player, with Beck Pennington slotted at No. 67 in this week’s rankings. Jomby and Lai escalated up to No. 26 in doubles after their win on Friday. Kentucky as a team moved back into the top 15 at No. 15 in Tuesday’s rankings.
All of the action will be streamed live at UKathletics.com (only if the matches are inside) with a CBSSports.com All-Access subscription, or fans can follow the live blog and stats for free on the UK men’s tennis interactive website or UKathletics.com.
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