The eighth-ranked University of Kentucky men's tennis team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday and will host first- and second-round matches May 10-11.
This marks Kentucky's 24th NCAA appearance and 19th in the past 20 years. For the fifth straight year, the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center has been selected as a host site.
Kentucky (20-11) will be the top seed in the Lexington Regional.
The Cats will play No. 4 seed Western Michigan (19-9) on Friday, May 10, following the noon match between No. 2 seed Michigan (16-9) and No. 3 Virginia Tech (15-9).
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The winners of those two matches square off Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. with a spot at stake in the NCAA Sweet 16 at Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
Western Michigan went 3-2 in Mid-American Conference play this season, and claimed the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 4-3 win over Northern Illinois.
UK, which will be seeking its third straight trip to the Sweet 16, has been a mainstay in the nation's top 10 all season.
Kentucky is led by senior Anthony Rossi, who is ranked No. 5 nationally in singles. Complementing Rossi is fellow Frenchman Tom Jomby, No. 22 in the latest rankings. Jomby and doubles partner Kevin Lai are ranked No. 8 nationally in doubles.
Tickets to the Lexington Regional go on sale Monday and may be obtained by calling 1-800-928-CATS or at the UK Ticket Office at the Joe Craft Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Tournament passes are $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Single-day passes are $6 and $4.