Men's Tennis Looks for Road Success at Kentucky

by Sidney Kleinpeter
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Men's Tennis Looks for Road Success at Kentucky

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s tennis team will face its final road test of the regular season on Sunday when the 30th-ranked Tigers square off against No. 14 Kentucky at Noon CDT at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky.

The Tigers (9-11, 4-5 SEC) are looking to get back on track after being swept by Vanderbilt on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., while the Wildcats (22-7, 6-3 SEC) are coming off a 5-2 home win over No. 75 Arkansas.

“Kentucky is having a very good year, and they are a very talented and deep team,” LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. “We are ready to get the Vanderbilt match behind us and execute like we need to.”

Three Wildcats enter the match ranked by the ITA in singles. Junior Eric Quigley leads the way with a No. 7 billing, followed by fellow junior Alex Musialek at No. 51. Sophomore Anthony Rossi rounds out the Wildcats in the rankings, checking in at No. 104. In doubles Quigley combines with Brad Cox, and the twosome are ranked 64th in the nation.

The Tigers are led by the 10th ranked tandem of junior Neal Skupski and Senior Sebastian Carlsson.  The duo anchors the top doubles court for LSU, where they are 15-4 on the year. Individually Skupski enters the match rated 82nd, and Carlsson checks in at No. 124.

LSU is 1-7 away from home this season, with the lone road win coming in a 5-2 win over South Carolina in Columbia, while the Wildcats have are 14-3 on their home courts.

The Tigers hold a 30-13 advantage over Kentucky all time, but the Wildcats have won the last two meetings between the teams, including a 5-2 win last season in Baton Rouge.

Live scores and a live blog for the match will be provided by Kentucky at www.UKathletics.com.

For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access to the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s team on Twitter @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.