No. 14 Kentucky to Host No. 26 Vanderbilt on Sunday

April 4, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 14 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team will return to action on Sunday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center at 1 p.m. ET, as the Wildcats will face off against the No. 26 Vanderbilt Commodores in a Southeastern Conference showdown.

The Wildcats, who enter the match on Sunday at 15-7 overall, and 7-2 inside SEC play, are coming off of a doubleheader split with No. 11 Illinois and Northern Kentucky on Wednesday in Lexington. Meanwhile, the No. 26 Commodores are entering Sunday’s match at 13-7 overall, and a game under .500 in SEC play at 4-5 in conference action.

Sunday’s match with Vanderbilt is the Wildcats’ only match of the weekend, as Friday serves as one of UK’s two bye dates on the conference schedule. Vanderbilt also received Friday off. 

Vanderbilt’s last outing was on Sunday afternoon at home in the Music City, as VU took down No. 30 Auburn 4-3, with Ryan Lipman clinching the win on court two. The Commodores are 2-5 in their last seven matches, with two wins against ranked teams, in No. 30 Auburn and a win over in-state foe, No. 11 Tennessee. 

In doubles, VU is led by No. 4 AJ Austin and Ryan Lipman, and are the Commodores’ only ranked doubles team in the most recent release of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings. In singles, Austin is the highest-ranked VU player at No. 17 nationally. Austin is joined by Ryan Lipman, who is tallied at No. 57 in this week’s rankings.

Kentucky, 15-7 overall, is currently all alone in second place of the SEC, with a 7-2 record, trailing both Texas A&M and Georgia, who sit atop the SEC standings. The Wildcats have lost two conference matches this season, both by 4-2 scores, as the Wildcats fell on the road to both Georgia and Alabama.

In this week’s rankings, senior Tom Jomby and sophomore Kevin Lai are tallied at No. 31 this week, but are coming off a win on Wednesday over the No. 3 team in the country on court one. Jomby, who will play Austin in No. 1 singles on Sunday, is No. 11 in the country this week, and for the third-straight week, is the highest-ranked singles player in the SEC.

Jomby is joined in the lineup by two other ranked singles players, in No. 85 Alejandro Gomez, who will play No. 2 singles, and No. 90, Beck Pennington, who will play No. 3 singles on Sunday afternoon.

There will be free pizza at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon inbetween the doubles and singles competition.

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