Kentucky Tennis’ number one seed Liam Draxl has survived and advanced in the first round of this year’s NCAA Championships in Orlando.
Draxl, a sophomore, defeated senior John McNally of Ohio State in the first round on Sunday in a singles matchup.
HOW DOES HE DO IT?
In another patented come-from-behind thriller, No. 1 @liamdraxl earns a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) win over John McNally of Ohio State in the first round of the #NCAATennis Championship. #UKRising pic.twitter.com/fi92A6MIPa
— Kentucky Men's Tennis (@UKMensTennis) May 23, 2021
Draxl has now advanced to the second-round singles matchup, set to face Notre Dame’s Axel Nevfe on Monday.
Kentucky senior Millen Hurrion was scratched from his first match due to injury and will not be competing in this year’s championships. Hurrion, this year’s 33rd ranked singles player, is expected to be back next year with the Tennis ‘Cats for another year of varsity play.
Alongside Draxl and Hurrion, the ‘Cats number 14 ranked player, sophomore Gabriel Diallo, was also in action Sunday against Tulane’s Hamish Stewart, taking that match in three sets to advance to the second round.
Diallo will also be competing alongside senior César Bourgois in a doubles match on Monday.
Good luck to Draxl and all the other ‘Cats competing in this year’s tournament!