Kentucky men's tennis team to host NCAA regional

April 30, 2013 

UK's Tom Jomby serves the ball against Louisville in doubles play with partner Alberto Gonzalez during the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament at Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, May 14, 2011. Photo by Matt Goins 11976

MATT GOINS

The eighth-ranked University of Kentucky men's tennis team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday and will host first- and second-round matches May 10-11.

This marks Kentucky's 24th NCAA appearance and 19th in the past 20 years. For the fifth straight year, the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center has been selected as a host site.

Kentucky (20-11) will be the top seed in the Lexington Regional.

The Cats will play No. 4 seed Western Michigan (19-9) on Friday, May 10, following the noon match between No. 2 seed Michigan (16-9) and No. 3 Virginia Tech (15-9).

The winners of those two matches square off Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. with a spot at stake in the NCAA Sweet 16 at Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

Western Michigan went 3-2 in Mid-American Conference play this season, and claimed the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 4-3 win over Northern Illinois.

UK, which will be seeking its third straight trip to the Sweet 16, has been a mainstay in the nation's top 10 all season.

Kentucky is led by senior Anthony Rossi, who is ranked No. 5 nationally in singles. Complementing Rossi is fellow Frenchman Tom Jomby, No. 22 in the latest rankings. Jomby and doubles partner Kevin Lai are ranked No. 8 nationally in doubles.

Tickets to the Lexington Regional go on sale Monday and may be obtained by calling 1-800-928-CATS or at the UK Ticket Office at the Joe Craft Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tournament passes are $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Single-day passes are $6 and $4.

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