LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 17 Kentucky (16-6, 6-5 Southeastern Convention) prolonged its spring 2021 residence document to 14-0 with a 5-2 win over No. 12 Ole Miss (9-9, 6-5 SEC) on Friday at Hilary J. Boone Tennis Stadium.
The Wildcats have been led by robust performances from Liam Draxl and Gabriel Diallo on the highest two singles courts, as every sophomore Canadian earned a victory over his nationally ranked opponent.
“It was a very good win for us as we speak towards Ole Miss, who’s a stable crew,” Diallo mentioned. “We began rather well and simply stored our foot on the fuel. The goal is to place ourselves as excessive as we will within the rankings and construct momentum, so it will assist.”
Kentucky started the day by capturing the doubles level, regardless of the 20th-ranked pair of Diallo and César Bourgois falling 7-5 to No. 1 Tim Sandkaulen and Finn Reynolds after getting off to a scorching begin on the highest court docket.
Diallo—rated the No. 31 singles participant in school tennis—realized swift revenge when play broke out individually, cruising to a 6-2, 6-4 win over the 55th-ranked Sandkaulen and pushing the Kentucky result in 2-0.
No. 97 Joshua Lapadat defeated Lukas Engelhardt 6-4, 6-1 on court docket 5 earlier than his doubles companion Alexandre LeBlanc fell on the No. 6 singles court docket, establishing Bourgois for the potential clincher on court docket 4.
Bourgois stormed again within the third set, defeating John Hallquist Lithen 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and sealing the win for the Wildcats.
With the Cats already forward 4-1, the seventh-ranked Draxl added maybe essentially the most spectacular results of the night with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over the 11th-ranked Reynolds from the No. 1 spot for good measure.
Regardless of profitable extra video games total, No. 60 Millen Hurrion fell 7-6 (12-10), 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) to No. 32 Nikola Slavic to finish the match.
Kentucky will conclude the common season with its residence win streak on the road towards No. 16 Mississippi State (15-7, 5-6 SEC) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The competition will function Kentucky’s annual senior day in honor of Bourgois.
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#17 Kentucky 5, #12 Ole Miss 2
1.#7 Liam Draxl (UK) def. #11 Finn Reynolds (UM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2.#31 Gabriel Diallo (UK) def. #55 Tim Sandkaulen (UM) 6-2, 6-4
3.#32 Nikola Slavic (UM) def. #60 Millen Hurrion (UK) 7-6 (12-10), 2-6, 1-0 (10-8)
4.César Bourgois (UK) def. John Hallquist Lithen (UM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
5.#97 Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. Lukas Engelhardt (UM) 6-4, 6-1
6.Simon Junk (UM) def. Alexandre LeBlanc (UK) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
1.#1 Tim Sandkaulen/Finn Reynolds (UM) def. #20 César Bourgois/Gabriel Diallo (UK) 7-5
2.Millen Hurrion/Liam Draxl (UK) def. Simon Junk/Brady Draheim (UM) 6-4
3.Alexandre LeBlanc/Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. Nikola Slavic/Jakob Cadonau (UM) 6-2
Order of end: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,5,6,4,1,3)