Kentucky 4, Butler 0

May 14, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. No. 11 Kentucky (21-9) opened the 2005 NCAA mens tennis regional in dominant fashion, defeating Horizon League champion Butler (15-3) by a 4-0 count Saturday at UKs Boone Indoor Tennis Center. The win sets up a regional-final meeting with Florida State, a 4-0 winner over Ball State in the days first regional match. The Cats and Seminoles will do battle Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT in Lexington.

Kentucky seized control of the match immediately in doubles play. UKs Nate Emge and Alex Hume tallied an 8-1 victory at the third doubles spot before Kentuckys Tigran Martirosyan and Jesse Witten scored an 8-2 win at the first position to clinch the doubles point.

Kentucky did not let up in the singles competition. Martirosyan completed a solid days work with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Butlers Evan West at the fourth singles position. Witten held off Butlers James Low in the first set at No. 1 singles and cruised the rest of the way to give Kentucky a 3-0 lead. Hume trailed 6-5 in the first set at No. 2 against Andy Bartish but evened the set to force the tiebreaker, which he claimed without surrendering a point. Hume easily captured the second set, 6-1, to clinch the Kentucky victory.

Kentucky improves to 10-16 in NCAA tournament play. UK coach Dennis Emery will take on a protégé in Sundays match in the form of FSU coach Dwayne Hultquist, who served as a graduate assistant under Emery at Kentucky during the 1991 season.

NCAA Regional Lexington, Ky. (First Round)

No. 12 Kentucky 4, Butler 0

1. No. 6 Martirosyan/Witten (UK) def. Bartish/Low (BU) - 8-2
2. Emery/Sundh (UK) vs. Aker/Ross (BU) - DNF
3. Emge/Hume (UK) def. Bordow/Weaver (BU) - 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 1

Singles - Order of finish: 4, 1, 2
1. No. 3 Jesse Witten (UK) def. James Low (BU) - 6-4, 6-0
2. Alex Hume (UK) def. Andy Bartish (BU) - 7-6(0), 6-1
3. Nate Emge (UK) vs. Parker Ross (BU) - DNF
4. Tigran Martirosyan (UK) def. Evan West (BU) - 6-1, 6-2
5. Matt Emery (UK) vs. Mike Weaver (BU) - DNF
6. Marcus Sundh (UK) vs. Tony Aker (BU) - DNF


-- Courtesy Kentucky