Jan. 23, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The 14th-ranked University of Kentucky men's tennis team won its 2010 season opener 6-1 against Xavier Saturday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
The Wildcats lost the doubles point, but won each of their six singles matches in straight sets for the victory.
Sophomore Alex Musialek (Dax, France) cruised past Richard Canelas 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles for Kentucky's first point. Junior Alberto Gonzalez (Bradenton, Fla.) gave UK the lead, winning next at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-2, over Xavier's J.T. Torbeck. Junior Brad Cox (Duluth, Ga.) outlasted former Wildcat Patrick Bandy 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 3 singles. Eighth-ranked UK sophomore Eric Quigley (Pewee Valley, Ky.) secured the team win, holding off Chris Herrlinger 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 1 singles.
"Xavier really played a good match," head coach Dennis Emery, said. "They came in here and played great in doubles. For our first match we did a good job of competing and keeping our composure. That is why you play a first match like this so you can work through kinks and problems so you can get better. We did that today."
Other Wildcat winners include freshman Anthony Rossi (Martigues, France) who defeated Brandon MacDonald 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles and senior Alex Lambropoulos who won 6-1, 6-4 over Brian Starr.
Xavier jumped ahead of Kentucky early. The Musketeers dropped the first doubles match, but claimed the next two to earn the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. UK grabbed the first doubles match 8-5 at No. 3 when Cox and Davis defeated Marc Pretorius and Torbeck. Bandy and Herrlinger responded, winning at No. 1 topping Kentucky's Lambropoulos and Gonzalez 8-3. Anthony Palmenter and Starr sealed the point for Xavier, edging UK's Musialek and Rossi 8-6.
Kentucky turns back around and plays host to Morehead State this evening at 6 p.m. EST.
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#14 Kentucky 4 (1-0), Xavier 1 (0-2)
1. #8 Eric Quigley (UK) def. Chris Herrlinger (XU) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) 2. #39 Alex Musialek (UK) def. Richard Canelas (XU) 6-0, 6-1 3. Brad Cox (UK) def. Patrick Bandy (XU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) 4. Alberto Gonzalez (UK) def. JT Torbeck (XU) 6-1, 6-2 5. Anthony Rossi (UK) def. Brandon MacDonald (XU) 6-3, 6-1 6. Alex Lambropoulos (UK) def. Brian Starr (XU) 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3, 1*, 5, 6
1. Patrick Bandy / Chris Herrlinger (XU) def. Alex Lambropoulos / Alberto Gonzalez (UK) 8-3 2. Anthony Palmenter / Brian Starr (XU) def. Anthony Rossi / Alex Musialek (UK) 8-6 3. Brad Cox / Matt Davis (UK) def. Marc Pretorius / JT Torbeck (XU) 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles 3, 1, 2