The University of Kentucky men's tennis team was unable to recreate last weekend's comeback magic on Friday, falling behind quickly and ultimately losing 4-0 to No. 2 seed Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 at Athens, Ga.
The Wildcats, who fought back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Clemson last Saturday at UK, had to play Friday without their top player, two-time All-American Tom Jomby, who broke an ankle during that match.
"We had the odds stacked against us today," Coach Cedric Kauffmann said of his No. 15 overall seeded Cats. "We wanted to put ourselves in position to make a push against one of the best teams in the country and we had our chances."
Nils Ellefsen and Ryuji Hirooka got UK off to a fast start by winning their doubles match 8-6, but Oklahoma bounced back to claim the other two doubles matches and the subsequent doubles point.
In singles, Oklahoma won all the completed sets to take the necessary three matches to put away the Wildcats.
"The first hour of singles was as flat an hour of tennis as we have played all season." Kauffmann said. "We picked the wrong time to do that. You can't do that against a good team. We made a push there in the second hour, but it was too late."
Oklahoma 4, Kentucky 0
At Dan Magill Tennis Complex, Athens, Ga.
No. 1 — Axel Alvarez/Dane Webb (OU) def. Alejandro Gomez/Beck Pennington, 8-3
No. 2 — Guillermo Alcorta/Andrew Harris (OU) def. Jerry Lopez/Kevin Lai, 8-5
No. 3 — Nils Ellefsen/Ryuji Hirooka (UK) def. Alex Ghilea/Nick Papac, 8-6
No. 1 — Alcorta (OU) def. Gomez, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 — Alvarez (OU) led Pennington, 6-4, 4-3 (DNF)
No. 3 — Webb (OU) def. Lopez, 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 — Harris (OU) def. Lai, 6-1, 7-5
No. 5 — Austin Siegel (OU) led Grant Roberts, 6-1, 4-1 (DNF)
No. 6 — Ghilea (OU) led Hirooka, 6-1, 3-3 (DNF)