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UK earns Sweet 16 tennis matchup with Duke

University of Kentucky tennis player Anthony Rossi
University of Kentucky tennis player Anthony Rossi

On to the Sweet 16.

The Kentucky men's tennis team rolled past Virginia Tech 4-1 on Saturday at the Wildcats' Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center to complete a two-day sweep of the NCAA Tournament's Lexington Regional.

Kentucky, seeded No. 8 in the 64-team NCAA field, blanked Western Michigan 4-0 in Friday's first round.

The win puts UK in the NCAA's round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year. The Wildcats (22-11) will meet No. 9 seed Duke (24-5) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Champaign, Ill. The Blue Devils advanced with 4-0 wins over Coastal Carolina and UNC-Wilmington.

"I am just happy for the guys," said first-year UK coach Cedric Kauffmann.

"They have been working hard since September and we have been stressing out the championship season. The SEC Championship, the SEC Tournament and the NCAAs. We are playing good."

Anthony Rossi, Tom Jomby and Grant Roberts won singles matches for the Wildcats. Kentucky secured the doubles point with wins by the teams of Kevin Lai/Jomby and Juan Pablo Murra/Rossi.

"We thought we got off to a good start in the doubles, but then they came storming back and pretty much steamrolled us in the doubles," Virginia Tech Coach Jim Thompson said. "They are a very good team and had a really good year. We gave them our best shot."

Kentucky 4, Virginia Tech 1

Singles

No. 1: Anthony Rossi (UK) def. Amerigo Contin 6-0, 6-2; No. 2: Tom Jomby (UK) def. Andreas Bjerrehus 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Hunter Koontz (VT) led Charles Minc 6-3, 4-3 (match abandoned); No. 4: Joao Mintiero (VT) led Kevin Lai 6-2, 5-4 (match abandoned); No. 5: Grant Roberts (UK) def. Lucas Oliveira 6-0, 6-2; No. 6: Aaron Gomez (VT) def. Beck Pennington 7-5, 6-1.

Doubles

No. 1: Jomby/Kevin Lai (UK) def. Bjerrehus/Koontz 8-1; No. 2: Pennington/Ryuji Hirooka (UK) vs. Contini/Marko Lovrinovic 7-4 (match abandoned); No. 3: Rossi/Juan Pablo Murra (UK) def. Montiero/Oliveira 8-3.

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