Wildcats Dominate Home-Opening Weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 20 Kentucky women’s tennis team picked up two wins during its home-opening weekend, lengthening its win streak to seven and its overall record to 8-1. Sunday’s wins came against the No. 75 Michigan State Spartans, 5-2, and instate foe Eastern Kentucky, 6-1.

“It was a great way to start the season at home,” head coach Carlos Dradá said. “Our players came out with a lot of energy. For us to continue to improve, we’re going to have to take care of every match like we did today.”

In doubles, Morgan Chumney and Akvilė Paražinskaitė struck first for the Wildcats with a 6-3 win over Michigan State’s Allie Baer and Athen Truillot. It was the duo of Justina Mikulskytė and Nadia Ravita that clinched the doubles point at court No. 3, 6-3, and gave Kentucky an early 1-0 lead.

Moving to singles, Ravita won at the No. 3 position after only giving up one game her entire match to Truillot. The senior from Indonesia picked up her fourth win of the season.

UK newcomer Morgan Chumney emerged victorious at No. 4 singles over Aslina Chua after not giving up a game through the first five of the opening set. She would go on to take the first set, 6-1. Down 2-1 in the second set, Chumney battled back to take it 6-4 and extend the Wildcats’ lead to 3-0.

None other than the freshman, Mikulskytė, clinched the match for Kentucky in No. 1 singles. In the first set, the Lithuanian native didn’t give up a point for two straight games and won the last three to take the set, 6-3. Games were traded with Michigan State’s Erin Faulkner in the second set, but Mikulskytė won the last two and didn’t give up any points in the final game to take the set, 6-3, and clinch the match for the Wildcats.

Play continued and No. 59 Aldila Sutjiadi led 5-3 in the first set, but let Davina Nguyen battle back to draw even at 5-5. That set went to a tiebreak, in which Sutjiadi jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and ultimately ended up taking the tiebreak to win the first set. From there, the second set was pure dominance without conceding a single game to win the set, 6-0, take the match, and extend Kentucky’s lead to 5-0.

The Wildcats fed off the success they had in the morning session and replicated it in the second match of the day.

To start, both of UK’s doubles pairs won their matches without losing a game. Mikulskytė and Ravita were first to strike by blanking EKU’s Viktorija Demcenkova and Margaux Lacroix on court No. 2, 6-0. This time it was Kate Lanier and Sutjiadi securing the doubles point with another 6-0 win at No. 3 doubles.

At one time during singles play, three Wildcats had 5-0 leads in the first set on courts one, three, and four.

Ravita continued her astounding performance as she only gave up one game the entire day, which came against Michigan State earlier. She won both sets of the second match at No. 3 singles against Marina Marti Hernanz, 6-0, giving her a 4-1 record on the season and the Wildcats a 2-0 lead over the Colonels.

Sutjiadi picked up her second win of the day with a 6-1 victory in the first set. After dropping the first game of the second set and facing a 4-1 deficit, Sutjiadi stormed back and won the next five games to take the second set and the match against the Ohio Valley Conference Female Tennis Athlete of the Week, Demcenkova. She now moves to a 7-1 overall record.

For the second time today, Mikulskytė clinched the match at No. 1 singles after controlling the first set, 6-1. The freshman dropped the first game in the second set and faced a 2-1 deficit, but regained the lead and won the second set, 6-3. Mikulskytė now owns a 7-1 record this season.

Chumney didn’t give up a game until after the third of the second set. The Oklahoma transfer exchanged games with EKU’s Corentine Bodin until a score of 5-5, but ultimately ended up winning the set, 6-5, and extended UK’s lead to 5-0. She extends her win streak to five matches and is still undefeated.

Paražinskaitė also picked up a win Sunday at No. 5 singles after taking the first set, 6-4, and second set, 6-0.

The Wildcats only lost six of 29 total sets this weekend. 

“I’m very excited that our players are receiving the information and trying to implement it,” Dradá said. “I think we’re making steps in the right direction and I think we’re putting ourselves in great position for the beginning of the SEC and the nonconference matches that we have coming up. It’s very positive and hopefully we can maintain the energy going forward.”

Kentucky’s next match is Wednesday Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. in the Boone Center against Indiana.

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No. 20 Kentucky 5, No. 75 Michigan State 2

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex – Lexington, Ky.

February 21, 2016

 

Singles (Order of finish: 3-4-1*-2-6-5)

 

1 –  Justina Mikulskytė (UK) def. Erin Faulkner (MSU), 6-3, 6-3.

2 – Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Davina Nguyen (MSU), 7-6, 6-0.

3 – Nadia Ravita (UK) def. Athena Truillot (MSU), 6-0, 6-1.

4 – Morgan Chumney (UK) def. Aslina Chua (MSU), 6-1, 6-4.

5 – Emily Metcalf (MSU) def. Akvilė Paražinskaitė (UK), 6-1, 5-7, 1-0.

6 – Emily Meyers (MSU) def. Kate Lanier (UK), 6-0, 6-1.

 

 

Doubles (Order of finish: 2-1-3*)

 

1 – Morgan Chumney/ Akvilė Paražinskaitė (UK) def. Allie Baer/Athena Truillot (MSU), 6-3

2 – Emily Metcalf/Emily Meyers (MSU) def. Kate Lanier/ Adila Sutjiadi (UK), 6-1

3 – Justina Mikulskytė/Nadia Ravita (UK) def. Davina Nguyen/Aslina Chua (MSU), 6-3

 

No. 20 Kentucky 6, Eastern Kentucky 1

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex – Lexington, Ky.

February 21, 2016

 

Singles (Order of finish: 3-2-1*-4-5-6)

 

1 –  Justina Mikulskytė (UK) def. Laura Argente Escamilla (EKU), 6-1, 6-2.

2 – Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Viktorija Demcenkova (EKU), 6-1, 6-4.

3 – Nadia Ravita (UK) def. Marina Marti Hernanz (EKU), 6-0, 6-0.

4 – Morgan Chumney (UK) def. Corentine Bodin (EKU), 6-0, 7-5.

5 –Akvilė Paražinskaitė (UK) def. Raquel Montalvo Perez (EKU), 6-4, 6-0.

6 – Margaux Lacroix (EKU) def. Kate Lanier (UK), 8-6.

 

Doubles (Order of finish: 2-3*)

 

1 – Morgan Chumney/ Akvilė Paražinskaitė (UK) vs. Laura Agrente Escamilla/Raquel Montalvo Perez (EKU), abandoned

2 – Justina Mikulskytė/Nadia Ravita (UK) def. Viktorija Demcenkova/Margaux Lacroix (EKU), 6-0.

3 – Kate Lanier/Adila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Marina Marti Hernanz/Corentine Bodin (EKU), 6-0.