UK men’s tennis continues unbeaten run against Louisville

Gabriel Diallo of Kentucky answered a shot against Tin Chen of Louisville in Lexington on Friday.  Their game was tied on one set apiece as UK took a 4-0 win against the Cardinals.

Gabriel Diallo of Kentucky answered a shot against Tin Chen of Louisville in Lexington on Friday. Their game was tied on one set apiece as UK took a 4-0 win against the Cardinals.

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At the varsity level, the Kentucky men’s tennis program has never lost to Louisville.

The Wildcats’ remarkable streak of wins against their local rival continued Friday night at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex in Lexington, as the UK took a 4-0 win over the Cardinals.

The result improved the UK to 27-0 against Louisville since the Cardinals men’s tennis program attained varsity status in 1982.

Friday marked the first time in more than a decade that Louisville traveled to Lexington for a game. It also marked the first time since 2005 that the two schools had a regular season game in Lexington.

“It’s never easy to play against a rival in the state, it can be a little awkward, and I think there were some good moments that we learned from that our boys had to work through a little bit,” the men’s tennis coach said. Cedric Kauffmann from Kentucky. the Herald-Leader.

UK took the double point after winning the combination of sophomores JJ Mercer and Joshua Lapadat, and graduate student Francois Musitelli and sophomore Yasha Zemel.

In singles, the Wildcats won three games to claim the outright victory.

The singles triumphs came courtesy of junior Liam Draxl, fifth-year Millen Hurrion and Musitelli.

Last year, as a sophomore, Draxl was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Player of the Year, becoming the first player from the United Kingdom to receive this honor. He reached the NCAA singles semifinals.

In December, Draxl won his first professional tennis title in singles by winning the M15 Cancun tournament in Mexico as part of the International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tour.

On Friday, Draxl lost the first set of his singles 6-0 to Louisville junior Etienne Donnet. But while feeding on a huge crowd at the Boone Complex, Draxl recovered and won the final two sets, 6-3 and 6-2.

“I’m not ashamed to say I was very nervous today and I didn’t play well at all,” said Draxl, who noted that he adjusted his positioning and moved further back after the first set to better cope with Donnet’s heavy and high shots.

After breaking his opponent’s serve for the decisive change of leadership in the final set, Draxl jumped around the field yelling, “It’s all heart here!”

“What Liam does really well is he can’t worry too much and keep competing and change one or two things, and that’s what he did,” Kauffman said. “I don’t know if he’s our image, but he’s a big presence… he’s entertaining.”

“I’m just trying to put on a show,” Draxl said of his thinking in front of the fans. “When people show up and make some noise when I win points, I just feed on that. It just amplifies the whole intensity and loudness and screaming. I thrive in it.”

Kentucky is now 44-3-1 all-time against the Cardinals, with the first game between the schools in 1925.

UK also defeated another in-state opponent this weekend with a 4-0 sweep in Northern Kentucky on Saturday.

Kentucky is now 4-0 on the season and ranked No. 11 in the country in the ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

VK sets pool records with loss to U or L

Both Kentucky’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams suffered defeats to Louisville this weekend in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass.

While the UK broke three pole records at the Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville, the women lost 174-126 to the Cardinals and the men 208.5-88.5.

Junior Caitlin Brooks (women’s 100m backstroke), senior Riley Gaines (women’s 200m freestyle) and senior Sophie Sorenson (women’s 200m backstroke) were the three British swimmers who set new pool records at the meet.

Louisville wipes weekend hockey series against UK

The Kentucky and Louisville ice hockey teams — which are club sports at both schools — played a home-and-home series this weekend.

The first game in Lexington started just after midnight on Saturday morning and was won by Louisville, 7-5.

Saturday-evening’s return game in Louisville went into overtime as the Cardinals won 5-4.

VK and U of L meetings this school year

For those keeping track, here’s a look at how every track and field game between Kentucky and Louisville has fared this academic year.

Cross-country skiing: At the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville in November, the Kentucky women’s cross country team finished third, while the Louisville women’s cross country team finished 23rd. At the same event, the Kentucky men’s cross country team finished ninth, while the Louisville men’s cross country team finished 13th.

Football: Kentucky defeated Louisville 52-21 on November 27 in Louisville.

Hockey: Louisville defeated Kentucky twice in this weekend’s home-and-home series.

Men’s football: Kentucky defeated Louisville 3-1 on September 7 in Louisville.

Men’s tennis: On Friday, Kentucky recorded a 4-0 sweep victory over Louisville at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex in Lexington. The UK is now 27-0 against Louisville since the Cardinals men’s tennis program attained varsity status in 1982.

Swimming and diving: On Saturday, both Kentucky’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were defeated by Louisville in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass in Louisville. The Louisville women beat the British women 174-126 and the U of L men beat the British men 208.5-88.5.

Track and field: On December 11, members of the Kentucky and Louisville track and field teams, along with participants from other schools, competed in the Cardinal Classic in Louisville. The meet consisted of 33 indoor events. British athletes won 20 events. Louisville athletes won nine events.

Women’s basketball: Louisville defeated Kentucky 64-58 on December 12 in Louisville.

Women’s golf: Kentucky and Louisville played a 4-4 tie in Florida last week. Since Louisville won the most recent head-to-head meeting between the schools in 2019, Louisville will retain the Battle of the Bluegrass cup.

Volley-ball: Louisville defeated Kentucky 3-2 on September 15 in Louisville.

Cameron Drummond works as a sportscaster for the Lexington Herald-Leader with a focus on the University of Kentucky’s women’s basketball program, among other college, high school, and professional sports in the area. Drummond is a first-generation American born and raised in Texas, before graduating from Indiana University in 2020. He is fluent in Spanish and previously worked as a community news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper in Austin, Texas.


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