May 15, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 12-seed University of Kentucky men's tennis team posted a 4-0 victory over Cleveland State in first-round action of the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.

Kentucky (24-8) will play Georgia Tech (18-7) in the second round Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. The Yellow Jackets defeated Binghamton 4-1 earlier Saturday. With the victory, Kentucky ties the school record for wins in a season with the 1992 and 1984 squads.

The Wildcats earned the doubles point and singles victories at Nos. 1, 2 and 5 singles to advance to the second round for the seventh time since 2000.

Kentucky jumped out to a 1-0 lead after earning the doubles point. The 23rd-ranked duo of Eric Quigley and Brad Cox posted an 8-5 win over Cleveland State's Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning at No. 1 doubles. UK's 76th-ranked tandem of Alberto Gonzalez and Alex Lambropoulos secured the doubles point with an 8-5 victory over the Vikings' Rob Fox and John Haley at No. 2 doubles. Kentucky's Alex Musialek and Anthony Rossi led Cleveland State's Yannick Goossens and Chris Klepatz 7-2 at No. 3 doubles when play was stopped after the Gonzalez-Lambropoulos doubles win.

Quigley kept Kentucky's momentum going when he gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead following his straight-sets 6-0, 6-3 win over Cleveland State's Orno at No. 1 singles. Quigley, ranked No. 12 in the nation, improved to 20-6 in singles play this season, including a 10-1 mark since the start of April.

Gonzalez moves UK's lead to 3-0 after notching a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Klepatz at No. 5 singles.

Musialek, ranked No. 49, sealed Kentucky's team win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Goossens at No. 2 singles. Musialek took a 5-2 lead in the second set and was awarded the clinching game when Goossens was penalized a game for an unsportsmanlike code violation.

Three other matches were stopped when Kentucky secured the win. UK's Cox led CSU's Hamning 7-6 (7-2), 5-5 at No. 3 singles. UK's Rossi led CSU's Fox 6-2, 5-4 at No. 4 singles. UK's Lambropoulos led CSU's Haley 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 at No. 6 singles.

Cleveland State finishes its season at 20-7 having won the last three Horizon League championships.

It marks the second consecutive season Kentucky has defeated Cleveland State in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats also charted a 4-0 victory in Lexington last season.