UK Notes: Tennis starts season highly ranked in SEC; softball tickets go on sale

First tennis matches Saturday, team ranked nationally; softball hosts Oklahoma, other top teams

Kentucky Men’s Tennis Picked Third in SEC Preseason Poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. (By Ryan Cullinane/UK Athletics) – The Kentucky men’s tennis team was picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference standings by the league’s coaches, the conference announced Wednesday.

The Wildcats were slotted behind just Florida and Tennessee in the annual SEC Preseason Poll, while Georgia and South Carolina rounded out the top five.

Kentucky is one of five SEC schools nationally ranked in the top 15 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, checking in at No. 12. Reigning national champion Florida was unanimously voted into the top spot, followed by No. 4 Tennessee, No. 8 Georgia and No. 13 South Carolina.

No. 4 Gabriel Diallo is the most highly ranked of five Wildcats in the ITA Singles Rankings, followed by No. 45 Francois Musitelli, No. 89 JJ Mercer, No. 90 Joshua Lapadat and No. 122 Yasha Zemel. No. 34 Mercer and Lapadat were the lone Kentucky pair to receive a ranking in the ITA Doubles Rankings.

Reigning ITA National Player of the Year Liam Draxl and fifth-year senior Millen Hurrion were not considered for the latest ITA individual rankings due to foregoing the fall 2021 season.

The Wildcats open their spring season with a doubleheader on Saturday against Dayton at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. The first of the two matches will start at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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2022 Kentucky Softball Season Tickets Now on Sale

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The Kentucky Softball program announced Wednesday that 2022 season tickets are now on sale.2022 Sb Season Ticket Nos Ads Square

2022 season tickets can be purchased here for $53 now.

2020 season ticket holders will have until Feb. 10 to renew season tickets in their 2020 seat locations for the 2022 season, even if they deferred season tickets in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All season ticket holders have been sent an email with directions and information on how to renew for the 2022 season.

Kentucky will welcome defending national champion Oklahoma, Big Ten champion Michigan and SEC foes Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss to John Cropp Stadium this spring for the 2022 season.

The 2022 schedule was released last month.

Single-game ticket information will be available shortly.

For the latest on UK Softball, follow the Wildcats on Twitter and Instagram at @UKSoftball.

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