LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 17 Alabama men’s tennis dropped its first Southeastern Conference road match to Kentucky, 5-2, on Friday night inside the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky. With the loss the Crimson Tide falls to 11-4 overall and 1-2 in SEC play, while the 44th-ranked Wildcats move to 8-7 and 2-1 in the SEC.
In doubles, the No. 17-ranked doubles pair in senior Mazen Osama and sophomore Patrick Kaukovalta defeated Bourgois/Wallart, 6-3, to give Alabama a head start in doubles action. Kentucky responded with wins on courts two and three to clinch the doubles point and go up 1-0.
In singles, the Wildcats continued their momentum by picking up an early win on court four, before clinching the match on courts one and two.
After the match was clinched, UK added another win on court three, before junior Zhe Zhou picked up a win on court five and sophomore Jeremy Gschwendtner earned a 7-6, 7-5 victory court six to end the match at, 5-2.
Alabama will return to action for its second road match of the weekend when it travels to Nashville to take on No. 26 Vanderbilt on Sunday, March 10 at 12 p.m. CT.
- No. 17 Osama/Kaukovalta def. Bourgois/Wallart, 6-3
- Yamada/Matsumura def. Ortiz/Zhou, 6-2
- Huempfner/Penzkofer def. Cancel/Roberto, 6-2
- No. 44 Ryo Matsumura def. No. 36 Mazen Osama, 6-4, 6-2
- Enzo Wallart def. Edson Ortiz, 6-2, 6-4
- Kento Yamada def. Patrick Kaukovalta, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
- Cesar Bourgois def. Thibault Cancel, 7-5, 6-2
- Zhe Zhou def. Kevin Huempfner, 7-5, 6-7, 1-0 (10-8)
- Jeremy Gschwendtner def. Parth Aggarwal, 7-6, 7-5