With the score tied 3-3 and the final singles match in a decisive third set, Kentucky junior Alex Musialek won three consecutive games Friday to clinch UK's 4-3 victory over Auburn in the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.
No. 11 Kentucky's school-record-tying 25th win advanced the Cats to Saturday's semifinals against No. 5 Georgia. It will be UK's first semifinal appearance since 2004.
Musialek, battling fatigue and cramps in the deciding match, defeated Auburn's Alexander Stamchev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
"I'm proud of how he fought hard to get the win," UK Coach Dennis Emery said. "It was a battle of will and character, and he showed a lot of both."
Seniors Brad Cox and Alberto Gonzalez also earned key singles wins for the Cats. Cox started the scoring for UK with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Tim Hewitt. Gonzalez beat Dan Cochrane 6-4, 6-4.
Women's tennis: Kentucky couldn't pull its second upset in as many days, falling to host and 14th-ranked Tennessee 4-0 in the SEC Women's Tennis Tournament quarterfinals on Friday in Knoxville.
Kentucky (5-20, 2-10) entered the match with momentum after defeating Louisiana State 4-3 one night earlier on Jessica Stiles' singles victory in the final match. Stiles beat Olivia Howlett 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.
Against the Vols, senior Megan Broderick led Natalie Pluskota 7-6 (2), 1-2 at No. 1 singles, but the match was suspended with the overall match having been decided.
Baseball: UK's home game against Arkansas on Friday night was postponed because of rain and will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader. First pitch is 2 p.m.