The Kentucky men's tennis team started slow but finished strong, sweeping Indiana 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center on Saturday.
The Cats advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. The Cats will face Sunday's Stanford-Santa Clara winner in the Sweet 16 in Athens, Ga. on May 18.
UK opened the match with "probably ... our best doubles point of the year," Coach Dennis Emery said.
UK's Eric Quigley and Panav Jha made quick work of IU's Isade Juneau and Jeremy Langer, 8-3, in No. 1 doubles.
UK's Tom Jomby and Alejandro Gomez took a 6-0 lead in their No. 3 doubles match, but Indiana's Stephen Vogl and Will Kendall rallied for five straight points. The UK duo held on for an 8-6 win, securing the doubles point.
"We started pretty well, and we just had five minutes where we lost our focus," Jomby said. "We missed some easy shots and easy volleys. We got broken twice and then we picked it up and finished strong."
The Cats improved to 21-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
In singles, SEC Player of the Year Eric Quigley, playing his final match in Lexington as a collegian, beat IU's Isade Juneau 6-1, 6-0 in 45 minutes.
"It was a great way to go out — on top and winning, with a good home crowd," Quigley said. "I couldn't ask for a better way to go out. UK fans are great."
Emery choked up while talking about what Quigley has meant for the program.
"Certainly, he's our all-time career wins leader. Really, above all of that he's probably one of the most productive players that we've ever had," Emery said. "In singles and doubles, he's a five-time All-American. There's really almost no way you can describe what he's done for us and our program."
Jomby dropped his first set in No. 4 singles to IU's Vogl 4-6, but was able to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-4 to secure the Cats' second singles point.
"I got broken (serve) in the first and that's how I lost that set," Jomby said. "I started winning more points at the net and he was getting tired. I'm proud of the team and I can't wait to play in Athens."
Grant Roberts won a straight-set decision over IU's Dimitrije Tasic 6-4, 6-3 to win the third singles point for the Cats and secure the 4-0 match victory.
"We're going to Athens with a chance. We went to the Elite Eight last year, and we're going to Athens with a real chance to go further," Emery said. "It's not going to be easy, but we have the athletic ability, the composure as well as the experience that I think we can do it."
The remainder of the NCAA Tournament will take place at the Dan McGill Tennis Center May 18-28.
"Our goal is to win it all," Quigley said. "Anything less and we will be disappointed."
At UK's Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center
Kentucky 4, Indiana 0
Singles — 1, Eric Quigley (UK) def. Isade Juneau 6-1, 6-0; 2, Josh MacTaggart (IU) led Alex Musialek 6-0, 5-5, unfinished; 3, Anthony Rossi (UK) led Jeremy Langer 6-4, 3-1, unfinished; 4, Tom Jomby (UK) def. Stephen Vogl 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; 5, Will Kendall (IU) led Alejandro Gomez 7-5, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished; 6, Grant Roberts (UK) def. Dimitrije Tasic 6-4, 6-3
Doubles — 1, Quigley/Panav Jha (UK) def. Juneau/Langer 8-3; 2, Rossi/Musialek (UK) vs. MacTaggart/Alastair Barnes 5-5, unfinished; 3, Gomez/Jomby (UK) def. Vogl/Kendall (IU) 8-6