Sweetness!

7 freshmen and an NAIA transfer led the University of Kentucky women's tennis team to the Sweet 16, Saturday, after UK's 4-0 victory over Ohio State. It will be Kentucky's third straight appearence in the regional semi-final.

"Getting to the Sweet 16 was one of the top-five goals we set before the season," freshmen Christine Simpson said. "We worked so hard to get here and this match today proves that we deserved to go to Athens (Georgia) next week."

Kentucky started off the match by winning the doubles point. Kentucky's Kim Coventry and Lara Maurer scored an 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles and UK's 14th-ranked doubles tandem of junior Aibika Kalsarieva and Sarah Foster quicky followed with an 8-5 victory over Ohio State's Erica Fisk and Jackie Leskovar at No. 1.

The Cats continued their dominating play of the Buckeyes in the singles matches.

The 16th-ranked Kalsarieva made short work of Ohio State's Lindsay Williams, scoring a 6-2, 6-0 win to give Kentucky a 2-0 lead. UK's Coventry displayed one of her strongest performances of the season, dispatching Lindsay Adams by a 6-0, 6-2 count at the sixth singles slot. Finally, UK freshman Christine Simpson put the finishing touches on the Kentucky victory with a 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Lindsay Bryan.

Kentucky did not lose a set against 39th ranked Ohio State.

"It took a lot of determination and hard work to get to this point," Lexington native Sarah Foster said. "We set high standards for ourselves, and this makes us so much more motivated to go further this season and beyond."

"The effort is unbelievable from this young group of kids, across the board," Coach Mark Guilbeau said following the victory. "To maintain that effort, business-like approach and intelligence throughout the entire season is so impressive. It's hard for me to even explain it. Nothing that the team has done is more important than the sheer effort they exert during these matches. I am so, so happy for these kids and for our program to maintain the level established by the strong teams before them here at UK."

Guibeau has now taken three different teams to the Sweet 16. In comparison the men's team, which is consistently ranked higher then the women, has only made one in 2000.

Kentucky will meet #2 Stanford next Thursday, May 20 at the NCAA Sweet 16. Stanford is now the top ranked team in the tournament, after number one ranked and undefeated Florida lost to Miami, 4-3. The match is set for 3 p.m. EDT in Athens, Ga.

No. 17 Kentucky 4, No. 39 Ohio State 0

Doubles
1. No. 14 Kalsarieva/Foster (UK) def. Fisk/Leskovar (OSU), 8-5

2. Coventry/Maurer (UK) def. Williams/Colville (OSU), 8-2

3. Schwenk/Winebrenner (UK) vs. DeCamilla/Adams (OSU) - 6-3, susp.

Singles
1. No. 16 Aibika Kalsarieva (UK) def. Lindsay Williams (OSU) - 6-2, 6-0

2. No. 48 Sarah Foster (UK) vs. Erica Fisk (OSU) - 7-5, 2-3 (susp.)

3. Joelle Schwenk (UK) vs. Jackie Leskovar (OSU) - 6-4, 5-2 (susp.)

4. Emily DeCamilla (OSU) vs. Lara Maurer (UK) - 6-3, 5-3 (susp.)

5. Kim Coventry (UK) def. Lindsay Adams (OSU) - 6-0, 6-2

6. Christine Simpson (UK) def. Lindsay Bryan (OSU) - 6-0, 6-3


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