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UK Tennis Team to the Sweet 16

Via the rockstar Wilder Treadway:

Today I had the privilege of being a part of “the media” and going to watch the 6th ranked men’s tennis team take on the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. UK did a wonderful job in making Hilary J Boone Tennis Center fan friendly and really just a great post-season atmosphere for tennis enthusiasts. Growing up in Lexington and playing the sport of tennis myself, I know that this city has a huge underground following of this sport and it was great to see a large number of people come out today and rally behind a team that has really done some historic things this season with a bevy of spectacular players.

The final score today was 4-0 after the Wildcats clinched it, but it wasn’t as easy as that indicates. Tom Jomby won on court 4 in 3 sets, and many of the points on all the courts were insanely long, both teams putting a fantastic effort into tournament play. 3rd ranked player in the nation Eric Quigley put together a marvelous match, easily dispatching Indiana’s Isade Juneau 6-1 6-0. Watching Quigley play is truly an honor. I can’t imagine being able to hit some of the shots he does, and the composure with which he plays is incredible. He just goes out there, and simply dominates.

Grant Roberts on court 6 was the match clincher, as he won 6-4 6-3. Roberts is a Lexington native, hailing from Tates Creek High School, so it must be special for him to play in his hometown and help to bring the Wildcats to such high levels of success this season. It’s really weird to see him don the blue and white and play a big part on the team because I actually played Roberts my junior year of high school. Needless to say it didn’t go too well…

When asked about Eric Quigley and finishing up his last match playing at home for UK Coach Emery said, “Really, above all of that he’s probably one of the most productive players that we’ve ever had. In singles and doubles, he’s a five-time All-American. There’s really almost no way you can describe what he’s done for us and our program. I think he took it from, we had a good culture, but no we have a championship culture.”

After making it this far, the Cats are far from finished. They lost in the Elite 8 last year, but have their sights on bigger and better things. “We went to the Elite Eight last year, and we’re going to Athens with a real chance to go further,” Emery said. “It’s not going to be easy, but we have the athletic ability, the composure as well as the experience that I think we can do it.”

The Wildcats will now take on the winner of 11th ranked Stanford and unranked Santa Clara who play tomorrow. The Sweet 16 match up will take place next Friday in Athens, Georgia. The Wildcats lost to the Cardinal earlier this year, in what was a fluke of a match as the lower seeds for UK just fell apart. I guarantee Coach Emery will have a new and improved game plan if the match indeed happens next week.

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10 Comments for UK Tennis Team to the Sweet 16

  1. Kim
    9:13 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana sucks! UK beats them at everything.

  2. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:21 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to the tennis team!! Way to represent #BBN!!! Now, how is the Bass Fishing team doing?

  3. Nate
    9:50 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Who gives a shit??????????

  4. Mike in Louisville
    9:55 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    I love that we’re going great in the majority of the sports! Very proud to be a member of BBN!
    Now let’s just attempt to get the football team on track and it will be all gravy!

  5. BlueDuck
    10:02 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Encountered what I have now pieced together was the IU tennis team at Panera Bread on Thursday. At the time I only knew they were an IU group of some sort when I saw their windbreakers as they got up to leave. They were so classy that they wouldn’t even stop their conversations with other tables, and leaning their whole bodies into the aisles, to let my 3 year old daughter walk through with her tray. And, yes, they did see us trying to get to our table too. Glad the Cats could send them home as losers.

  6. sc cat
    10:16 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    What do you expect Blueduck…5 of the 8 players on the roster are foreigners

  7. truth
    10:19 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Tennis is for fags.

  8. Azubuike's Bicep
    10:46 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    7- Tell that to Novak, Nadal, and Federer, who pull more tail than anyone on this blog combined.

  9. Tennis fan
    11:54 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Wildcats! Division I tennis is a particularly difficult sport, as our Wildcats are competing against the best foreign players from all over the world.

  10. BlueDuck
    7:40 am May 13, 2012 Permalink

    6- I don’t know about that, but a rude American looks the same as a rude person from anywhere else to me.