Women's Tennis Opens Postseason Play at SEC Tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After wrapping up the regular season on Sunday, the No. 20 Kentucky Women's tennis team travels to Columbia, S.C., for the 2015 SEC Tournament. The event will be held April 15-19 and is hosted by South Carolina.
2015 SEC Tournament
May 15-19, 2015
Second Round: UK vs. Ole Miss
Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m. ET
UK Info: Meet Notes (PDF)
Tournament Info: Championship Central
UK vs. Ole Miss
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Kentucky claimed the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament bracket and earned a first round bye. UK's first match will be against ninth-seeded and No. 22 Ole Miss at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 16. In the SEC opener on Feb. 27, the Wildcats downed the Rebels, 4-3 in Lexington.
Live results and complete tournament information can be found on Championship Central on GamecockOnline.com. Additional updates and notes from Columbia will be available on Twitter at @UKWomensTennis.
The Wildcats finished the regular season with a record of 15-11 and 6-7 in the SEC, highlighted by wins over No. 9 Alabama, No. 15 Ole Miss, and No. 21 Rice.
Head coach Carlos Drada, in his 10th season as a head coach, all at UK, moves to a record of 117-115 for his career. The Wildcats have made it to at least the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in five of Drada's 10 seasons at Kentucky, including a runner-up finish in his first season in 2006. Drada's 2006 squad also made an appearance in the regional round of the NCAA Championships.
Ole Miss is No. 22 in the ITA rankings. The Rebels also have two players in the top 125 -- Julia Jones at No. 11 and Arianne Hartono at No. 72.
In the first meeting between the two teams, Kentucky opened by taking the doubles point and followed with a win from Kelsey Dieters at No. 4 singles.
Mami Adachi got her first career SEC win over Ole Miss' Mia El Kamash, who was ranked 109th in the country at the time. Taylor Lederman clinched the match for the Wildcats on court six to give them a win in their first conference match of the season.
Adachi's win helped her claim SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Her third SEC Freshman of the Week accolade of the year, Adachi is the second player in school history to earn three or more league awards in the same season. Her back-to-back Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. made Adachi the first player in program history to earn the award two weeks in a row.
With a win on Thursday, Kentucky would advance to the SEC Tournament quarterfinals for the 11th time in the last 15 seasons. The Wildcats also look to get back to the semifinals for the first time since 2006, when they finished as the tournament's runners-up.
Last year, Kentucky made it past the second round with a 4-2 upset win over seventh-seeded and No. 25 Auburn.
Visit UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky women's tennis team and all 22 varsity sports. For additional info, notes, and behind-the-scenes updates, follow the team at @UKWomensTennis.
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