TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 37th-ranked Alabama men's tennis team (8-5, 1-3 SEC) hits the road this weekend to take on No. 14 Kentucky (15-5, 2-2 SEC) in Lexington on Saturday, March 19, at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. First serve is slated for Noon CT.
"Kentucky presents another challenging match in the Southeastern Conference, and it's a great opportunity for our guys," Alabama Head Coach Billy Pate said. "Like Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, Kentucky is playing at a top-10 level. We've had chances against these teams, but we must be sharper and mentally resilient if we're to give ourselves a chance to be successful."
Last time out, the Crimson Tide split a pair of matches, first falling to No. 15 Florida, 6-1, before picking up a 7-0 sweep of South Carolina. Sophomore Jarryd Botha had a stellar weekend for Alabama winning both of his singles matches, which included a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 32nd-ranked Sekou Bangoura Jr. of Florida. The Tide is 3-1 at home thus far this season. Botha and freshman Daniil Proskura entered the national singles rankings this week coming in at No. 111 and No. 115, respectively.
Kentucky enters Saturday's contest fresh off a doubleheader win against No. 21 Notre Dame and Butler on Thursday. The Wildcats are now 10-2 at home this season and 9-5 against top-50 teams. Kentucky currently has four players ranked nationally in singles, led by junior Eric Quigley, who comes in at No. 4 this week. The Wildcats also have two top-50 doubles teams with senior Alberto Gonzalez and freshman Tom Jomby coming in at No. 41 and senior Brad Cox and Quigley falling in at No. 48.
"We'll see if we've learned from the mistakes in those matches and have improved on them," Pate added. "We're coming off a good performance against South Carolina, and it's essential we build on that momentum."
Live scoring for Saturday's match can be found on the men's tennis schedule page of RollTide.com.