UK Men’s Tennis punch ticket to second round of NCAA Championship

No. 14 seed Kentucky defeats Cleveland State 4-1 to set up date with Arizona

Courtesy: UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The 14th-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are moving on to the second round of the NCAA Championship.

The Cats defeated Cleveland State 4-1 on Friday at Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex, extending their record at home to a perfect 16-0 this season.

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Kentucky moves on to a date with Arizona in the round of 32 on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

Friday’s match got off to a slow start for the host team, as Cleveland State claimed the doubles point with wins on courts three and one—which included an upset of No. 6 César Bourgois and Gabriel Diallo.

Kentucky recovered swiftly with a sweep of singles play in straight sets, beginning with revenge for Alexandre LeBlanc in the form of a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kade Mindry on court six. Bourgois, ranked 85th, finished next with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Maxime Mareschal-Hay, while No. 33 Millen Hurrion set up a 3-1 lead for Kentucky by way of a 6-2, 6-2 win over Luke Phillips.

No. 1 Liam Draxl ended all remaining competition with a 7-5, 6-1 clincher over Nico Mostardi on court one. The victory was Draxl’s 20th of the season, as well as the Southeastern Conference Newcomer of the Year’s first in the postseason.

Arizona defeated Michigan 4-3 in the opening thriller of Friday’s first-round doubleheader.

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#15 Kentucky 4, Cleveland State 1

1.#1 Liam Draxl (UK) def. Nico Mostardi (CSU) 7-5, 6-1
2.#14 Gabriel Diallo (UK) vs. Matthew Terry (CSU) 6-4, 3-4, unfinished
3.#33 Millen Hurrion (UK) def. Luke Phillips (CSU) 6-2, 6-2
4.#85 César Bourgois (UK) def. Maxime Mareschal-Hay (CSU) 6-2, 6-3
5.#105 Joshua Lapadat (UK) vs. Clark Bilinovich (CSU) 7-6 (7-3), 3-3, unfinished
6.Alexandre LeBlanc (UK) def. Kade Mindry (CSU) 6-1, 6-0

1.Nico Mostardi/Luke Phillips (CSU) def. #6 César Bourgois/Gabriel Diallo (UK) 7-6 (7-5)
2.Liam Draxl/Millen Hurrion (UK) vs. Matthew Terry/Maxime Mareschal-Hay (CSU) 6-6 (3-3), unfinished
3.Clark Bilinovich/Kade Mindry (CSU) def. Joshua Lapadat/Alexandre LeBlanc (UK) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,3,1)

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas