June 6, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Five members of the University of Kentucky men’s tennis team finished the season ranked in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles and doubles rankings, including seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek, who finished third and 16th respectively, the association announced Wednesday.
In singles, Quigley led the way for the Wildcats with a No. 3 ranking, followed by Musialek at No. 16, junior Anthony Rossi at No. 24, sophomore Tom Jomby at No. 86 and sophomore Panav Jha at No. 114. UK had two doubles teams earn final rankings with No. 8 Quigley and Jha and No. 45 Rossi and Musialek. This is the first time in school history that five singles players have finished the year ranked in singles, besting the 1992 team that had four ranked singles players and three ranked doubles duos.
Quigley’s No. 3 final ranking is the highest final ranking of his career. The high mark also ties All-American Jesse Witten as the highest final singles ranking in school history after Witten finished the 2005 season ranked third in the nation in singles. Quigley and Jha’s No. 8 final placing is the highest for UK since Witten and Tigran Martirosyan finished third in 2005.
Kentucky earned no new All-American honors based on the final rankings, however Quigley, Musialek and Jha will each be named All-Americans based on being seeded in the NCAA Championships. Quigley is now a five-time All-American, earning three singles honors and two doubles honors. Quigley is the second five-time All-American in school history, joining Witten, who was a four-time singles All-American and a doubles All-American in 2005.
This is the first All-American honor for both Musialek and Jha, who become the 18th and 19th players in school history to earn the distinction. This is only the second time in school history that three players have earned All-America honors in the same season, matching 1988 when Richard Benson, Greg Van Emburgh and Mario Rincon each earned the honors.
Quigley had a fantastic senior season for Kentucky, posting a 54-8 record in singles action, including a 26-2 mark in dual matches. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., concluded his career in style by earning a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Singles Championship, becoming only the third player in school history to advance to the singles final. Quigley’s win total in 2012 was the highest in school history while he ends his UK career with a 172-47 record to become the winnningest singles player in school history. Quigley, who won 38 matches against ranked foes in 2011-12, earned countless awards this season, including Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and the ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.
Musialek saved his best season for last, earning All-America honors on top of advancing to the NCAA Singles Sweet 16 for the first time in his career. The native of Dax, France ended his senior season 30-12 overall with a 14-6 mark in dual matches. For his career, Musialek is 108-49 becoming only the 14th player in school history to win 100 or more matches at Kentucky. The star’s 108 wins ranks him tied for ninth all time in singles wins in UK history. Musialek earned several awards this season, including being named a first team All-SEC selection. Musialek defeated 15 ranked foes this season.
Rossi had a bust out year in 2012, defeating some of the best tennis players in the country to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Singles Championship. Rossi went an impressive 37-7 overall and 22-4 in dual matches. The native of Marseille, France, was named the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Player to Watch, while also winning the Southeastern Conference Coaches' Indoor Championships earlier this season. Rossi, who was a first-team All-SEC performer, spent the entire spring season inside the top 30 after defeating 14 ranked foes this season. Rossi ends the season with a career record of 82-37.
Jomby spent the entire spring season ranked in singles, including peaking at No. 67. The native of Nantes, France had a great sophomore season with a 30-12 record, including a 19-7 mark in dual matches. Jomby earned two honors during the season as he was named a second team All-SEC selection and was a member of the SEC All-Tournament team. The star completed his sophomore season with a 44-21 career record, including five wins of ranked foes in 2011-12.
Jha had a strong first season with Kentucky, contributing mostly in doubles but also earning 17 singles wins along the way. The native of Pointe Claire, Montreal, earn two wins over ranked foes during the year, including defeating Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, who finished the season ranked 34th. Jha’s highest ranking of the season was 85th. Jha earned first team All-SEC honor this season due to his strong play in doubles with Quigley.
Quigley and Jha were strong in doubles for Kentucky, earning a bid into the NCAA Doubles Championship, where they would advance to the quarterfinals. The UK stars became the first UK duo since 2010 to advance to the quarterfinals of the doubles event, matching the effort of Quigley and former All-American Brad Cox who went to the quarterfinals that year. The two earned All-American honors in doubles this season, finishing 22-13 overall with 13 wins over ranked foes.
Musialek and Rossi were also strong in doubles for Kentucky, going 9-3 this season to take their career total to 40-26. The duo posted three wins over ranked foes during the year.
Kentucky had a strong season as a team, finishing seventh overall in the final rankings after appearing in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season. The No. 7 ranking for Kentucky was the highest final ranking since the 1997 season and the third best in school history.
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