Kentucky men to host NCAA Tournament tennis regional

April 29, 2014 

The University of Kentucky men's tennis team was named an NCAA Tournament host for the sixth season in a row on Tuesday.

The Wildcats, who received the No. 15 overall seed in the 64-team event, will host first- and second-round matches at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on May 9-10.

Kentucky (21-9) will host Denver (12-10) on Friday, May 9, after a noon match between Clemson (20-8) and Purdue (15-7).

The winners will meet Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. for a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Athens, Ga.

The Wildcats' tournament résumé included wins over No. 1 Ohio State, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 11 Duke, No. 17 Mississippi State, No. 20 Tennessee and No. 21 Vanderbilt. Kentucky's highest ranking this season was No. 8.

UK has advanced to the Sweet 16 each of the past four seasons.

Kentucky's first-round opponent, Denver, earned its bid by winning the Summit League Tournament.

Tickets for the Lexington Regional go on sale Monday at the UK Ticket Office at the Joe Craft Center or by calling 1-800-928-CATS.

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

Kentucky is one of 10 Southeastern Conference teams in the field, joining Auburn, No. 14 seed Florida, No. 10 seed Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, No. 8 seed Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Southern California is the tournament's No. 1 overall seed.

Louisville is the only other team from Kentucky in the tournament. The Cardinals (21-6) meet Wake Forest (14-13) on May 9 at Columbus, Ohio.

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