Trio of Wildcats Earn All-SEC Men's Tennis Honors
April 29, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A trio of University of Kentucky men's tennis players have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers, the league announced Thursday. Sophomore Eric Quigley was selected first team while fellow sophomore Alex Musialek received second-team accolades. Anthony Rossi was chosen to the All-Freshman team.
Quigley (Pewee Valley, Ky.) was one of only four underclassmen named to the 12-player first team. Currently ranked 13th in the nation in singles play according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Quigley owns a 19-6 mark at the No. 1 singles position, including a 7-4 record against conference foes. He closed the regular season on a nine-match win streak before losing his singles match against Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament last week in Lexington. Quigley owns a 4-2 mark this spring against opponents ranked in the top 25, including a victory over Florida's Alexandre Lacroix, who was listed fifth.
"Eric earned this award as an automatic qualifier due to his national ranking," UK head coach Dennis Emery said. "He has moved from the No. 3 spot last year to the No. 1 spot this year and put together a great season in the toughest conference in the country. To be able to have a record like that in the SEC and be so young is a great accomplishment."
Quigley becomes UK's 16th player to earn first-team recognition during Emery's 28-year tenure. Quigley was named second team All-SEC as a freshman a year ago.Quigley also has teamed with junior Brad Cox (Duluth, Ga.) at No. 1 doubles to rank in the top 25 all season. The duo has posted a 14-8 record this spring.
Musialek has enjoyed a standout campaign at No. 2 singles for the Wildcats, charting an 18-7 overall record and 8-2 league mark. The native of France owns two wins over top-five players, including current No. 1 J.P. Smith of Tennessee and then-No. 2 Michael Shabaz of Virginia. Musialek is currently listed at No. 52 in the nation in singles action.
"Alex's selection is very deserving because in any other year he would have been placed on the first team," Emery said. "There are so many great players in the conference this year that it's just as rewarding to be listed on the second team. He was great in the conference this year and earned some big-time victories."
Rossi has been a staple for the Wildcats at No. 4 single this season, posting a 7-4 mark in league play. The France native owns a 17-8 overall singles mark. He has paired with Musialek at No. 3 doubles for Kentucky, recording a 13-8 overall mark and 7-3 SEC ledger.
"Anthony has come in and had a huge impact on this team," Emery said. "He has a lot of composure and an extremely hard work ethic. All of the league's coaches agree this is the strongest freshman class in a very long time, so for him to get this award shows the quality player that he really is."
Kentucky learns details on its selection to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday when the field is announced. First- and second-round play is May 14-16. The Wildcats are currently ranked 11th in the nation.