LEXINGTON, Ky. — The No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats picked up another big win Saturday afternoon on their senior day, winning the 10and-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in a 5-2 decision at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
UK improved to 17-6 on aggregate (8-2 South Eastern Conference) with the win, while UGA now sit at a 15-6, 7-3 record in games of the SEC.
The two seniors celebrated, captain Millen Hurrion and graduate student Francois Musitelli, finished their last regular season games at the Boone Complex in storybook fashion. No. 95 Musitelli took the first singles victory over No. 97 Trent Bryde 6-2, 6-2, and Hurrion closed the day 6-7 (3-7), 6- 4, 6-3 win against No. 56 Tristan McCormick, watched by teammates and parents.
“Super special [win]”, Hurrion said. “I’m first happy that the team took the victory, and it’s just the icing on the cake for me to take the singles victory in front of my family, my boys and everyone who showed up.”
The Wildcats earned the first point of the day in doubles competition after two wins against ranked competition. Liam Draxl and JJ Mercer first won against No. 90 Blake Croyder and Erik Grevelius, 6-2. Gabriel Diallo and Joshua Lapadat then clinched the doubles point by knocking out 14and– ranked doubles tandem in the country, Trent Bryde and Philip Henning, by a result of 6-4.
Kentucky’s big day continued as the match entered the singles competition, starting with Musitelli’s victory to create a 2-0 lead as he clinched his 23rd win of the year.
On court five, No. 84 Lapadat notched his team record 16and Spring victory by beating Croyder. The second is now 12-1 in fifth place this season.
Georgia was able to start cutting Kentucky’s lead, as No. 64 Henning managed to beat No. 16 Diallo. The Montreal native lost only his second game this season in a 6-4, 6-3 final.
However, the UK won the match thanks to reigning Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player of the Year, No. 30 Draxl. The junior picked up 11and-top singles athlete in the nation in a long 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 battle, putting the game at 4-1, Wildcats.
From there, Georgia was able to add one more point before ending the day. On court six, Miguel Perez Peña won against JJ Mercer in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 game. Hurrion then capped off the day with their big win against No. 56 McCormick, cheered by the home crowd one last time in the regular season.
Kentucky will wrap up conference play by embarking on a two-game road trip. The Wildcats will first head to No. 38 LSU for a Friday tilt that begins at 6 p.m. ET, then wrap up the season at No. 30 Mississippi State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rula Tennis Pavilion. The UK had already beaten MSU in January at the Bulldogs facilities on the ITA launch weekend.
#12 Kentucky 5, #10 Georgia 2
1. #30 Liam Draxl (UK) def. #11 Hamish Stewart (UGA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. #64 Philip Henning (UGA) def. #16 Gabriel Diallo (UK) 6-4, 6-3
3. Millen Hurrion (UK) def. #56 Tristan McCormick (UGA) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-3
4. #95 Francois Musitelli (UK) def. #97 Trent Bryde (UGA) 6-2, 6-2
5. #84 Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. Blake Croyder (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
6. Miguel Perez Pena (UGA) beats. JJ Mercer (UK) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Finishing order: 4, 5, 2, 1*, 6, 3
1. #40 Tristan McCormick/Hamish Stewart (UGA) vs. Millen Hurrion/Francois Musitelli (United Kingdom) no result
2. Gabriel Diallo/Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. #14 Trent Bryde/Philip Henning (UGA) 6-4
3. Liam Draxl/JJ Mercer (UK) def. #90 Blake Croyder/Erik Grevelius (UGA) 6-2
Order of arrival: 3, 2*
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