Women's Tennis

Kentucky Sweeps Indiana to Match Best Start in Program History

by Chandler Brandes

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s tennis team recorded its second consecutive sweep on Tuesday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center, taking down Indiana in a convincing 4-0 decision. 

Following the win, the Wildcats improve to 9-0 on the year to match their best start since the 2009 season. The Hoosiers fall to 5-2. 

The Wildcats began the match on a high note by claiming the doubles point for the seventh time this season. Fiona Arrese and Florencia Urrutia defeated their second ranked opponent of the year, besting No. 27 Laura Masic and Lara Schneider in a 6-2 outcome on court one to extend their doubles record to 5-1. 

Soon after Arrese and Urrutia won their doubles match, the tandem of Lidia Gonzalez and Carlota Molina took down Sayda Hernandez and Rose Hu, 6-0, on the third court to clinch the point for Kentucky. The pair now own a 4-1 mark in doubles action through the first nine matches. 

Arrese was quickly back at it to give the home team another point, besting Alex Staiculescu 6-2, 6-4 on court three while moving to 8-1 in singles on the year. Moments later, Molina topped Schneider in a 6-0, 6-2 decision on the second court to extend the Wildcats’ lead by three.

Playing on court four, Urrutia secured the win for Kentucky after knocking off Mila Mejic 7-6(1), 6-2. Not only did she earn the second clinching point of her Wildcat career, but she also improved her singles record to a perfect 8-0.

Kentucky is back in action on Friday, Feb. 18 to host Ohio State at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center with first serve set for 4 p.m. ET. The tilt with the Buckeyes will mark the Wildcats’ fourth contest in a challenge stretch of six home matches in seven days.

Kentucky 4, Indiana 0

Singles
1. Carla Girbau (UK) vs. Laura Masic (IU) Unfinished
2. Carlota Molina (UK) def. Lara Schneider (IU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Fiona Arrese (UK) def. Alex Staiculescu (IU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Florencia Urrutia (UK) def. Mila Mejic (IU) 7-6(1), 6-2
5. Lidia Gonzalez (UK) vs. Rose Hu (IU) Unfinished
6. Ellie Eades (UK) vs. Sayda Hernandez (IU) Unfinished
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4*

Doubles
1. Fiona Arrese/Florencia Urrutia (UK) def. No. 27 Laura Masic/Lara Schneider (IU) 6-2
2. Carla Girbau/Ellie Eades (UK) vs. Alex Staiculescu/Mila Mejic (IU) Unfinished 
3. Lidia Gonzalez/Carlota Molina (UK) def. Sayda Hernandez/Rose Hu (IU) 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 3*

For the latest on the Kentucky women’s tennis program, follow @UKWomensTennis on Twitter and Instagram, on Facebook, and on the web at UKathletics.com.
 

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