The Cats will face the Hoosiers at a campus site, after all.
First-round NCAA Tournament wins Friday for Indiana and Kentucky will bring the much-discussed rivals of hardwood fame to the tennis courts Saturday.
The No. 6 UK men's tennis team swept Radford 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at UK's Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon.
Facing the Cats in the second round will be No. 26 Indiana, a 4-2 winner over Louisville.
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Kentucky (27-5) was led by SEC Player of the Year Eric Quigley, ranked third in the country, who dispatched his opponent, No. 120 Nick Sayer, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match.
"I'm pretty pleased with the way I played overall. I think we're all happy to get through and move on to Indiana," Quigley said. "We did do a good job today, but we need to pick it up intensity-wise against Indiana."
The Cats got off to a fast start, winning the doubles point and taking the five first sets in singles competition. UK is 20-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
UK's Alejandro Gomez defeated Radford's Joe Mills 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 and the Cats' Anthony Rossi beat Stijn Meulemans 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 to finish off the quick 4-0 win.
"It's hot so you want to get out and get the match under your belt and get off and get rested," UK Coach Dennis Emery said. "Especially because the NCAA rule is that the home team has to play second. So, you're automatically playing on less rest than the other team."
Radford struggled across all the courts, taking just one set the entire match. Radford's Thomas Dehaen won the first set 7-5 over UK's Tom Jomby at No. 4 in a match that was not finished.
"I thought it was a match between a really good team and a great team and unfortunately we were the really good team today," Radford Coach Mike Anderson said. "Kentucky is just a great team and program. They have had a fantastic year and playing them here on their home court in front of their crowd was a daunting task for us. We didn't lose today, we got beat."
Despite the result, Emery was disappointed in the team's performance.
"I think we really have to pick it up tomorrow if we're going to be the team in the post-season that we want to be. I didn't see quite that same intensity today. That's a concern," Emery said. "We want to get back to where we have that momentum and we feel like we're outworking the other teams and out-competing the other teams. Today I felt like we tried to rely a little bit too much on our talent."
Awaiting the Cats in the second round will be Indiana (22-8).
The Hoosiers won the doubles point and took four out of six first sets in singles against No. 34 Louisville (18-10). It took a second-set tiebreaker in No. 6 singles, however, for the Hoosiers to finish off the Cardinals.
"Any time we play Louisville it is a battle from start to finish. We had the lead and then we played tight," IU Coach Randy Bloemendaal said. "Overall I thought we played really well."
Kentucky defeated IU in Lexington in January 7-0. Although they swept the Hoosiers, the Cats were pushed in the contest, having four matches go to a third set.
"Any time Indiana and Kentucky competes, I think a lot of people are paying attention," Bloemendall said. "We had a lot of tight matches (last time), and I am expecting the same this time. It's going to be a tough match all the way around. They have a great team."
Emery said the IU team UK faces Saturday will be much different than the team they beat early in the year.
"The thing about those early-season matchups is that you play them indoors so you're playing on, now, a different surface," Emery said. "I know Indiana has really improved throughout the season. I think they won 10 of their last 11 matches. They're coming in here very confident."
The UK-Indiana winner will advance to the NCAA Sweet 16, at Athens, Ga. The remainder of the NCAA Tournament will take place there at the Dan McGill Tennis Center May 18-28.
At UK's Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center
Kentucky 4, Radford 0
Singles — 1, Eric Quigley (UK) def. Nick Sayer 6-2, 6-1; 2, Alex Musialek (UK) led Igor Ogrizek 6-4, 3-1, unfinished; 3, Anthony Rossi (UK) def. Stijn Meulemans 6-2, 6-0; 4, Thomas Dehaen (RU) led Tom Jomby 7-5, 1-1, unfinished; 5, Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Joe Mills 6-2, 6-1; 6, Grant Roberts (UK) led Patrick O'Keefe 6-4, 0-4, unfinished
Doubles — 1, Quigley-Panav Jha (UK) def. Sayer-Dehaen 8-5; 2, Rossi-Alex Musialek (UK) led Ogrizek-Meulemans 6-5, unfinished; 3, Gomez-Jomby (UK) def. Mills-O'Keefe 8-3
Indiana 4, Louisville 2
Singles — 1, Isade Juneau (IU) def. Andrew Carter 6-1, 7-5; 2, Josh MacTaggart (IU) led Sebastian Stiefelmeyer 7-6 (4), 5-7, 1-0, unfinished; 3, Albert Wagner (UL) def. Jeremy Langer 6-2, 6-4; 4, Stephen Vogl (IU) def. Michael Lippens 6-3, 6-4; 5, Robert Hall (UL) def. Will Kendall 6-4, 6-2; 6, — Dimitrije Tasic (IU) def. Chris Simich 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Doubles — 1, Wagner-Carter (UL) led Juneau-Langer 6-5, unfinished; 2, MacTaggart-Alastair Barnes (IU) def. Stiefelmeyer-Hall 8-3; 3, Vogl-Kendall (IU) def. Adam Donaldson-Lippens 8-4