Kentucky returns home to host Southeast Missouri State for Sunday Doubleheader

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a 4-1 win at Notre Dame on Friday, the University of Kentucky women’s tennis team returns home to host Southeastern Missouri State on Sunday, January 23 at the Hilary Tennis Complex. J.Boone. The doubleheader between the Wildcats and Redhawks begins at 10 a.m. ET with Game 2 at 2 p.m.

Admission to all home tennis matches will be free for the 2022 season. Capacity at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, all fans, guests and staff must wear a mask when entering, exiting and moving around the building. If spectators cannot wear a mask, they are encouraged not to attend games in person for their health and that of others.

Free parking options include the three small E-lots adjacent to the facility 90 minutes before the first game. Spectators can also pay to park in the Sports Center Garage (PS #7) at the corner of Complex Drive and Sports Center Drive. The cost of parking is $2 per hour with a maximum of $16.

The Wildcats won their first Road Test of the year on Friday at Notre Dame, beating the Fighting Irish 4-1. Fiona Arrese and Florence Urrutia teamed up for a win to extend their doubles record to 3-0 this season while Carla Girbau and Ellie Eades secured the doubles point for Kentucky.

Arrese maintained his unblemished singles record, winning the first point for the UK on court four. No. 100 Carlota Molina picked up his first individual victory of the season and Elizabeth Stevens won the game for Kentucky on his season debut at South Bend.

The two freshmen on the team Lidia Gonzalez and Eades distinguished themselves on their first outings in blue and white. Gonzalez earned a singles point in Game 2 for ETSU on Jan. 14 to tie the score while Eades survived a grueling battle to clinch the match point. They both had singles wins over Miami Ohio on January 16 as well, with Gonzalez winning the clinch.

United Kingdom went 16-9 overall with a 6-7 record in the South Eastern Conference in the 2021 campaign. Last season was one for records as Arrese and Akvile Paražinskaite won the No. 1 seed in the doubles draw for the NCAA championships. The duo were the first Wildcats to be ranked No. 1 since 2016 and the first with Carlos Drada at the bar.

The 2021-22 season marks Drada’s 17th year as head coach and his 21st season overall at Lexington. Prior to the start of the fall season, the team hosted Brad Merchant as an assistant coach. No stranger to the UK, Merchant has been assistant strength and conditioning coach for Kentucky men’s basketball since 2019 and was the volunteer assistant for the women’s tennis team during the 2016-17 season.

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