University of Kentucky men's players Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek withstood rain delays and tie-breakers before advancing to the second round of the NCAA singles championships with straight-set victories Wednesday at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.
Quigley defeated Mehdi Bouras, 7-6 (2), 6-2, while Musialek topped Ed Corrie of Texas, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Quigley's win was his 45th singles victory this season, tying the school record for singles wins in a season, set by Joe Leytze in 1982.
After winning the first-set tie-breaker, 7-2, Quigley bolted to a 4-0 lead in the second and led 5-1 before one rain delay. When play resumed, Bouras held serve before a second, hour-plus, delay. That delay didn't faze Quigley, who held serve to win the second set and the match.
"Rain delays are always tough, but it's tough on both players, especially since I was pretty close to finishing," Quigley said. "But it's just part of it."
Quigley, a native of Pewee Valley, will play junior Marcel Thiemann of Ole Miss, a 7-6 (4), 6-1 victor over Chris Kearney of California-Irvine.
Quigley beat Thiemann, 7-6 (7), 6-2, in Oxford, Miss., in March, but the Rebel beat Quigley in last season's NCAA round of 16.
In UK's other singles match, Musialek flew past Corrie, 6-1, in the first set but was down 4-2 in the second when the rain came. After a long delay, Musialek held serve and then broke Corrie en route to the tie-breaker, which the UK junior won, 7-4.
Musialek, a native of Dax, France, will face Austen Childs of Louisville, a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 winner over Wil Spencer of Georgia.
In addition to Thursday's second-round singles matches, Quigley will team with fellow Cat Brad Cox in the first round of the doubles tournament, where they will face Stanford's Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher.