Kentucky to Close Nonconference Schedule Against Columbia, Princeton
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s tennis team will return home this weekend to finish its nonconference slate, facing a pair of Ivy League opponents in Columbia on Friday and Princeton on Sunday. Both matches are slated for a noon ET start time.
The Wildcats are 6-1 on the spring season, including a 2-0 mark inside the Boone Tennis Center. Kentucky has not played at home since Jan. 24.
Kentucky owns the series record against both the weekend’s opponents, with a 2-0 edge over the Lions and a 2-1 record over the Tigers. Last season, Kentucky downed Princeton 7-0 and Columbia 6-1.
KENTUCKY ATHLETES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
As a team, the Wildcats come in at No. 43 in the Oracle/ITA Division I team rankings.
After falling to Indiana’s Madison Appel/Kim Schmider last weekend, Kentucky’s veteran duo of senior Aldila Sutjiadi and junior Mami Adachi are at No. 5 this week. They began 2017 as the nation’s top-ranked pair after winning their first national title at the UTSA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Nov. 22. The veteran tandem are 4-2 in the spring season after falling 6-4 to Indiana and dropping a 6-3 decision to ninth-ranked Jada Hart/Ena Shibahara, the same UCLA pair they defeated in November to earn the Indoors crown.
Individually, Sutjiadi is UK’s top-ranked singles player, holding the No. 13 singles spot. In the fall season, Sutjiadi won the singles title at the 2016 Ohio Valley Regional Championships. The senior holds a 2-2 record in dual matches this season.
Columbia is 1-6 so far this season, with its only victory coming against Syracuse on Jan. 22. In their most recent match, the Lions fell to Dartmouth 4-0.
The Tigers are 5-4 in their spring season with a 1-2 record on the road. In its last outing, Princeton picked up a 7-0 victory over Rutgers.
Princeton’s pair of Caroline Joyce and Nicole Kalhorn are ranked No. 60 after putting together a 4-1 record throughout the spring season.
The Wildcats are set to open their Southeastern Conference season next Friday, March 3 against the 13th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. UK trails Georgia in the overall series between the two teams, 11-33. Last season, Kentucky suffered a 4-2 setback to the Bulldogs in Lexington.