The No. 12-seeded University of Kentucky men's tennis team begins play in the NCAA Championships on Saturday against Cleveland State at 1 p.m. at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center.
It is the second of two first-round matches Saturday. Georgia Tech takes on Binghamton at 10 a.m.
The winners meet in the second round Sunday at 1 p.m. for the opportunity to advance to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.
UK (23-8) and Cleveland State (20-6) met in the first round of the NCAAs last season. The Wildcats won the doubles point and earned wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 5 singles for a 4-0 victory. UK lost in the second round to Wake Forest 4-2.
Cleveland State is led by four-time first-team All-Horizon League honorees Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning at Nos. 1 and 3 singles. Cleveland State is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance under Coach Brian Etzkin.
Kentucky is looking to rebound from a 4-0 loss to Mississippi in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Championships. The Wildcats enter the NCAA Championships with their most wins since the 1992 squad went 24-5 en route to a sixth-place finish.
The Wildcats are making their 21st NCAA appearance, all under Coach Dennis Emery.
UK is led by sophomores Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek. Quigley ranks 12th in the nation in singles with a 19-6 record and has won nine of his last 10 matches. Musialek ranks 49th in the country with an 18-7 record in singles play.