Feb. 19, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 13 University of Kentucky men's tennis team wasted no time getting back on the winning track, posting a dominating 4-1 victory over No. 14 Texas Tech in a Intercollegiate Tennis Associations' National Men's Team Indoor Championship consolation match at the Seattle Tennis Club in Seattle on Saturday.
Kentucky (9-3) was flawless in doubles action to grab the doubles point and then continued its strong play into singles, scoring wins from senior Alberto Gonzalez, junior Eric Quigley and freshman Tom Jomby.
"Good win for us tonight," UK head coach Dennis Emery said. "Texas Tech is a really talented team and they competed hard tonight. This was a complete match for us and I am proud of how the guys responded from last night."
UK started the match by jumping on Texas Tech at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The doubles scoring started with Kentucky grabbed a win at No. 3 doubles from junior Alex Musialek and freshman Alejandro Gomez. The doubles tandem, which were playing together for the first time this season, defeated Raphael Phister and David Gonzalez 8-1.
The Wildcats then clinched the doubles point when Jomby and Gonzalez took down No. 59 Gonzalo Escobar and Vitor Manzini 8-2. Quigley and senior Brad Cox led their match at No. 1 doubles over No. 76 Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia 5-3, however the match was abandoned when UK clinched the point at No. 2 doubles. Kentucky is now 5-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
"This was by far the best doubles we have played this year," Emery said. "There is no question about that at all. We went up 5-0 and 6-0 at courts two and three, respectively and just really served and returned the ball well tonight. Our doubles play set the tone for the match."
The Wildcats were led in singles by Quigley, who scored another win over a ranked opponent when he took down No. 18 Gonzalo Escobar at No. 1 singles. Quigley, the third-ranked player in the nation, started the match off slow, dropping the first set 3-6. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., responded in the second set with a 6-2 win and then shut the door in the third set 6-0 to claim the match. Quigley is now 4-1 this season against top-62 ranked players.
"I was really proud of Eric's effort tonight," Emery said. "He got down early in the first set but fought through some things and really played well in the second and third set to get the win. His third set was a good example of how you finish off a match."
Gonzalez and Jomby also posted singles wins for UK, both by straight sets. Jomby was the first singles match to end, making quick work of Phister with a 6-2, 7-5 victory. The singles victory for Jomby is the third consecutive for the native of France. Gonzalez was equally impressive, defeating Manzini 6-4, 7-6 (4) at No. 4 singles to clinch the Wildcats victory.
"Tom Jomby did a good job at No. 6 singles tonight to finish off the second set after being down a break," Emery said. "He kept his composure and showed good maturity to hang in there and get a win. Alberto Gonzalez also played well, especially in the tiebreaker. He did some really good things in the tiebreaker like being aggressive and that allowed him to get the win."
The 2011 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship, the signature indoor team tournament of the college tennis season, features 16 of the top men's programs in the nation. The University of Washington will serve as the host of the 37th-running of the event, which will take place at UW's Nordstrom Tennis Center and the Seattle Tennis Club.
Kentucky lost in the opening round of the event to fifth-seeded Texas 4-2 Friday night, moving the Wildcats into the consolation bracket. UK will face the winner of the Washington-Texas A&M match Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The Washington-Texas A&M match was yet to start as of 10 ET Saturday night.
UK received one of 15 qualifying spot in the prestigious tournament after claiming its second-consecutive ITA Kick-off Weekend regional qualifier. In the qualifier, the Wildcats took down then-No. 42 Boise State in the opening round 4-1 before dominating then-No. 22 Wake Forest 4-0 on Jan. 30.
Live scores will be available for every Kentucky match. Live video will be provided for matches played at the Nordstorm Tennis Center only. For more information about the event, visit the tournament central page at gohuskies.com.
No. 13 Kentucky 4, No. 14 Texas Tech 1
ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 19, 2011 - Seattle Tennis Club
#1 - No. 3 Eric Quigley (UK) def. No. 18 Gonzalo Escobar (TT) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
#2 - No. 22 Raony Carvalho (TT) def. No. 70 Alex Musialek (UK) 4-6, 2-6
#3 - Brad Cox (UK) vs. No. 116 Rafael Garcia (TT) 6-7 (8), 6-1, DNF
#4 - Alberto Gonzalez (UK) def. Vitor Manzini (TT) 6-4, 7- 6 (4)
#5 - Gabriel Wanderley (TT) led No. 79 Anthony Rossi (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 5-2 DNF
#6 - Tom Jomby (UK) def. Raphael Phister (TT) 6-2, 7-5
#1 - Eric Quigley/Brad Cox (UK) led No. 76 Raony Carvalho/Rafael Garcia (TT) 5-3
#2 - Tom Jomby/Alberto Gonzalez (UK) def. No. 59 Gonzalo Escobar/Vitor Manzini (TT) 8-2
#3 - Alex Musialek/Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Raphael Phister/ David Gonzalez (TT) 8-1
Order of Finish:
Singles: 6, 1, 2, 4*
Doubles: 3, 2*