Women's Tennis Drops Season Opener 4-3 at Minnesota

Jan. 22, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The University of Kentucky women's tennis team (0-1) dropped its season opener to Minnesota (1-0), 4-3 Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

"It's always tough to lose, but we can learn a lot from this match," Drada said. "We didn't play our best, but we competed well.

Kentucky's No. 1 doubles pair of senior Christine Johnston and sophomore Caroline Lilley took the first doubles match 8-0, but the Gophers proved too much to handle for the Wildcats. UK's No. 2 doubles pair of junior Megan Broderick and junior Lauren Meier fell 8-3, while sophomore Minnette Pienaar and freshman Elle Coldiron dropped the deciding point 8-3 on court No. 3.

Giving the second point to Minnesota, senior Christine Johnston fell on court No. 2 to Tijana Koprivicia 6-1, 6-0. Playing at No. 6 singles, UK's Coldiron fell to Mariana Spilca in straight sets (6-1, 6-3).

At No. 3, UK's Lilley dropped the first set to Alexa Palen 6-2, but came back to take the final set 6-2 and the super tiebreaker 10-3. Meier took Kentucky's second point at No. 4, defeating Jackie Sperling in straight sets. Meier won the match 6-4, 7-6.

UK's Pienaar, at No. 4, nabbed the third point of the night for the Wildcats. Dropping the first set 7-6, Pienarr stormed back to take the second set 6-2 and the super tiebreaker 10-7.

Playing in the No. 1 slot, Broderick served as the match's deciding point, but ultimately fell to Alessandra Ferrazzi 6-4, 6-1.

We don't have any room for mental lapses this season,said Drada whose 2010 squad consists of five scholarship players and two walk-ons. When you're a team short in numbers, your margin for error is small. We'll go back and make adjustments and do some things that will help us better compete under pressure.

Kentucky will turn around and battle North Carolina Saturday at 2 p.m. EST in Minneapolis.