Dores fall to Wildcats at SECs
April 20, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Vanderbilt men's tennis team couldn't keep the momentum rolling after a marathon first round match and fell to fourth-ranked Kentucky, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 SEC Men's Tennis Tournament.
Kentucky started the match taking a tightly contested doubles point.
Number one doubles featured a match-up of two of the top-20 pairs in the country. Kentucky's 12th-ranked pairing of Panav Jha and Eric Quigley defeated the 17th-ranked Commodore pairing of Gonzales Austin and Alex DiValerio, 8-4.
Kentucky jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Alejandro Gomez (No. 110 nationally) beat Vanderbilt's Kovrigin, 6-4, 6-0, at number five singles.
The lead quickly went to 3-0 when Anthony Rossi, who plays number three singles and is ranked 19th in the nation, defeated Offerdahl, 6-4, 6-4.
With Kentucky needing just one more point to take the match, Bazarnik put up a fight at number four singles, but 76th-ranked Jomby took a 6-3, 7(1)-6 win to clinch the match.
The Commodores now stand at 8-15. They will wait to see if a national ITA ranking of 43 is enough to earn their 11th NCAA Tournament bid and fifth in the past six seasons.
1. #12 Panav Jha/Eric Quigley (UK) def. #17 Gonzales Austin/Alex DiValerio (VU), 8-4
2. Blake Bazarnik/Jeff Offerdahl (VU) led #37 Alex Musialek/Anthony Rossi (UK), 7-3 (abandoned)
3. Tom Jomby/Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Charlie Jones/Joe Dorn (VU), 9(1)-8*
*Clinched doubles point
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