Doubleheader: Kentucky Hosts Middle Tennessee, Marshall
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team will continue its taxing home stretch on Thursday, Jan. 28, playing host to Middle Tennessee at 10 a.m. ET and Marshall at 3 p.m. ET for its second straight doubleheader inside the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center.
Admission to all home tennis matches is free, and fans are encouraged to attend. Capacity at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center is limited to 50 spectators, and it will be based on a first come, first serve basis. Face coverings, over the nose and mouth, are required for all fans as they enter, exit and move around the building, and all patrons will be required to take a temperature check upon entry.
Free parking options include the three small E-lots adjacent to the facility 1.5 hours prior to first serve. Spectators may also pay to park in the Sports Center Garage (PS No. 7) on the corner of Complex Drive and Sport Center Drive. The cost of parking is $2 per hour, with a $16 maximum.
Live scoring will be available here.
The Wildcats are 4-0 this season after posting three straight 7-0 sweeps over East Tennessee State, Memphis and Miami (Ohio), followed by a 6-1 final mark over Cincinnati. In the process, Kentucky began the season with an unblemished 8-0 record in doubles action and a 23-1 record in singles action.
Akvile Paražinskaite, a sixth-season veteran, has led the team on the first singles court and the first doubles court through the first four dual matches. The Lithuania native hasn’t dropped a match competing against top talent, boasting a 2-0 doubles record and a 4-0 singles record.
Just one UK player owns a 4-0 record in each discipline. Freshman Salsa Aher has won all four of her doubles and singles matches to start the season, paired with doubles partner Lesedi Jacobs on the third court. In singles, Aher is 2-0 on the fifth court and 2-0 on the sixth court, defeating all four of her opponents in just two sets. The rookie from Pune, India, has only given up four games or more in a set twice through eight total sets this season.
Middle Tennessee is 0-1 after opening up with a tough matchup against No. 15 Vanderbilt on Jan. 23. The Blue Raiders dropped to the Commodores, 7-0. Kentucky holds a perfect 11-0 record over Middle Tennessee, but the two programs haven’t competed against each other since 2008.
Kentucky will catch Marshall fresh, as the matchup marks The Herds’ season opener. Kentucky leads the all-time series with Marshall, 16-2. The Wildcats last defeated them, 6-1, in UK’s season opener in January 2019.
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