Kentucky Women’s Tennis hosts Miami Ohio, Bellarmine on Sunday

LEXINGTON, Ky. — After two thrilling wins over East Tennessee State on Friday in the 2022 season and home opener, the University of Kentucky women’s tennis team returns to the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center on Sunday, January 16 to host Miami Ohio and Bellarmine for another doubleheader.

The game against the RedHawks is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET while the first serve against the Knights is scheduled for 5 p.m. The live score will be available here.

Admission to all home tennis matches will be free for the 2022 season. Capacity at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, all fans, guests and staff must wear a mask when entering, exiting and moving around the building. If spectators cannot wear a mask, they are encouraged not to attend games in person for their health and that of others.

Free parking options include the three small E-lots adjacent to the facility 90 minutes before the first game. Spectators can also pay to park in the Sports Center Garage (PS #7) at the corner of Complex Drive and Sports Center Drive. The cost of parking is $2 per hour with a maximum of $16.

Kentucky beat East Tennessee State, 4-3, in both games in Friday’s doubleheader to start the year with a 2-0 record. Fiona Arrese and Florence Urrutia each had a pair of singles wins, also teaming up to win a doubles match.

The two freshmen from the UK looked great when they first put on the blue and white. Lidia Gonzalez picked up a 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-2 win to bring the second game to three between the Wildcats and Bucs. In what turned out to be a tenacious comeback effort, Ellie Eades outlasted ETSU in a grueling 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(9) battle to give UK the match point.

Sunday’s contest with Miami Ohio and Bellarmine continues Kentucky’s tough schedule, which includes matchups with nine teams that have been ranked or received votes in the ITA preseason poll. The 2022 slate includes 24 regular season matches, with the UK hosting 17 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Resort.

United Kingdom went 16-9 overall with a 6-7 record in the South Eastern Conference in the 2021 campaign. Last season was one for records as Arrese and Akvile Paražinskaite won the No. 1 seed in the doubles draw for the NCAA championships. The duo were the first Wildcats to be ranked No. 1 since 2016 and the first with Carlos Drada at the bar.

The 2021-22 season marks Drada’s 17th year as head coach and his 21st season overall at Lexington. Prior to the start of the fall season, the team hosted Brad Merchant as an assistant coach. No stranger to the UK, Merchant has been assistant strength and conditioning coach for Kentucky men’s basketball since 2019 and was the volunteer assistant for the women’s tennis team during the 2016-17 season.

Kentucky and Miami Ohio last met on January 26, 2021 in Lexington where the Wildcats swept the RedHawks, 7-0. Sunday’s game will mark the first meeting with Bellarmine in program history.

For the latest news 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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