Wildcats Fall at All-American
The University of Kentucky women's tennis team matched up against the country's best in Los Angeles on Tuesday and came up just short of advancing into the later rounds of the NCAA All-American Tournament at Riveria Country Club.
Senior Brooke Skeen had an impressive showing in her first match by defeating Anna Radlijevic of Old Dominion in an exhausting three set match, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. The grueling match unfortunately took its toll on Skeen who was downed by 36th-ranked Kavitha Krishnamurthy of Princeton in the second round 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. UK's lone senior battled back from being down 5-2 in the third set to save six match points, but a fatigued Skeen fell short.
"This was a great day for Brooke," Coach Mark Guilbeau said. "Her performance today shows that her tennis is still at a very high level."
Wildcat sophomore Sarah Witten also managed a victory before falling to tough competition. Witten triumphed in her first round match after Marin Mueller of Pepperdine retired in the first set. When Meuller retired Witten was up 5-2. The second round pitted Witten up against 88th-ranked Amanda Johnson of Duke. Johnson defeated Witten in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
"Sarah maintained a mature composure level throughout the four matches that she won to reach this level," Assistant Coach Kathy Herring said. "She needs to learn to keep that same composure at all times. She had a great tournament, but must realize the importance of allowing herself to believe that she can compete at this high level with great effort."
Junior Carolina Mayorga also competed in singles competition today. Mayorga was defeated in the opening round by 79th-ranked Erica Perkins of Washington State.
Skeen along with sophomore Leigh Bradwell will compete in doubles competition on Wednesday when they battle Shannon Duffy and Colleen Cheng of Northwestern in the opening round. Fellow Wildcat doubles pair Mayorga and Witten have received a bid into the main draw of the tournament and will not see their first action until Thursday.