Louisville No Match for No. 13 Kentucky
Kentucky claimed the doubles point and took five of six singles matches on its way to a 6-1 victory over No. 40 Louisville Wednesday evening at UK’s Boone Indoor Tennis Center.
Senior Matt Emery and junior Alex Hume led a Wildcat sweep of doubles play with an 8-3 win at second doubles over Jhonny Berrido and Matt Kennedy. Junior Nate Emge and freshman Nolan Polley followed with an 8-6 win over Damar Johnson and Tony Teufel at the third doubles spot, and seniors Jesse Witten and Tigran Martirosyan closed out the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 1 over Jakob Gustafsson and Jeremy Clark.
Witten gave Kentucky a 2-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win over U of L’s Johnson at first singles. Junior Nate Emge survived two long sets to defeat Louisville’s Gustafsson for a 3-0 margin, and Emery clinched the win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over Nicolas Houard.
Louisville’s Teufel cut the deficit to 4-1 with a win over Jason Mallaiah at No. 5 singles, but Martirosyan and Polley recorded third-set tiebreak victories to keep the Cardinals from getting any closer.
Kentucky (5-1) returns to action next Thursday at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
No. 13 Kentucky 6, No. 40 Louisville 1