No. 22 Kentucky blanks No. 8 Texas A&M in SEC showdown
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky recorded its biggest win of the 2014 season, blanking No. 8 Texas A&M 4-0 in front of a capacity crowd at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center.
Kentucky with the win ups its season record to 10-4 overall, and is now an unblemished 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play heading into its bye date on Sunday afternoon. Texas A&M suffers just its fifth loss of the season and the Aggies fall to 11-5 overall and their first SEC loss of the season.
“That’s a great win for the boys today,” UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. “We competed very consistently throughout the lineups and we played like we cantoday against a very good Texas A&M team. I thought us not going to theNational Indoors got us really sad and disappointed and we had to make a choice. We had to continue to do the same things we were doing, or we had to take a step up. We decided we were going to step up the physicality in our practices and we aren’t going to stop. This is just one win in the SEC. We will get back to work tomorrow.”
The doubles point was filled with three tight matches, as the deciding match came on court one. Senior Tom Jomby and sophomore Kevin Lai were facing the No. 1 overall team in the country, in Texas A&M’s Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow. Jomby and Lai served first and jumped out to a 5-4 lead after nine service holds to begin the matches. Jomby and Lai then broke at 6-5 to go up 6-4 before being immediately broken back to square the match at 7-7, as they headed to a tiebreak.
In the tiebreak, Jomby and Lai raced out to a 4-1 lead and held their serve the rest of the way to record their biggest doubles win of the season on court one, knocking off the top-ranked team in the nation 7-4 in the tiebreak.