Louisville No Match for No. 13 UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky claimed the doubles point and took five of six singles matches on its way to a 6-1 victory over No. 40 Louisville Wednesday at UK's Boone Indoor Tennis Center.

Senior Matt Emery and junior Alex Hume led a Wildcat sweep of doubles play with an 8-3 win at second doubles over Jhonny Berrido and Matt Kennedy. Junior Nate Emge and freshman Nolan Polley followed with an 8-6 win over Damar Johnson and Tony Teufel at the third doubles spot, and seniors Jesse Witten and Tigran Martirosyan closed out the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 1 over Jakob Gustafsson and Jeremy Clark.

Witten gave Kentucky a 2-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win over U of L's Johnson at first singles. Junior Nate Emge survived two long sets to defeat Louisville's Gustafsson for a 3-0 margin, and Emery clinched the win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over Nicolas Houard.

Louisville's Teufel cut the deficit to 4-1 with a win over Jason Mallaiah at No. 5 singles, but Martirosyan and Polley recorded third-set tiebreak victories to keep the Cardinals from getting any closer.

Kentucky (5-1) returns to action next Thursday at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

No. 13 Kentucky 6, No. 40 Louisville 1
Doubles
1 Witten/Martirosyan (UK) def. Gustafsson/Clark (UL) – 8-5
2 Emery/Hume (UK)def. Berrido/Kennedy (UL) – 8-3
3 Emge/Polley (UK) def. Johnson/Teufel (UL) – 8-6

Singles
1. No. 3 Jesse Witten (UK) def. No. 124 Damar Johnson (UL) – 6-4, 6-4
2. Matt Emery (UK) def. Nicolas Houard (UL) – 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
3. No. 120 Nate Emge (UK) def. Jakob Gustafsson (UL) – 7-6, 7-5
4. No. 108 Tigran Martirosyan (UK) def. Octavian Nicodim (UL) – 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (4)
5. Tony Teufel (UL) def. Jason Mallaiah (UK) – 6-4, 7-5
6. Nolan Polley (UK) def. Jhonny Berrido (UL) – 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 (5)


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