With UK trailing 2-0, sophomore Caroline Lilley (Portland, Ore.) grabbed Kentucky's first point on court two, defeating No. 66 Sasha Krupina in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Saturday, Lilley upset No. 82 Alexa Guarachi of Alabama 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 (11-9). The victory marks Lilley's third win of the season.
The Wildcats managed to pull within 3-2 at No. 3 singles when senior Christine Johnston (Columbus, Ohio) defeated Viet Ha Ngo 6-4, 7-5. Johnston took the first point for Kentucky Saturday, topping Alabama's Pauline Bigos 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
Georgia Tech (4-0) sealed the win at No. 4 singles when Yellow Jacket Amanda McDowell defeated UK sophomore Minnette Pienaar (Graaf-Reinet, South Africa) 6-2, 6-3.
The Yellow Jackets grabbed the doubles points, winning all three matches. Irina Falconi and Krupina defeated Lilley and Johnston 8-1 at No. 1 doubles. Hillary Davis and Ha Ngo topped UK's Pienaar and freshman Elle Coldiron (Lexington, Ky.) 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. Lynn Lau and Elizabeth Kilborn defeated junior Nicole Scates (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Megan Broderick (Tampa, Fla.) 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.
UK's Broderick lost to Falconi, the nation's top singles player, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles as Georgia Tech grabbed an early 2-0 points advantage.
Coldiron, a walk-on at Kentucky, lost to Blau at No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-0.
The tournament, formally known as the ITA National Indoors Championship Qualifier, consisted of four teams seeded one-to-four with the one seed (Georgia Tech) playing the four (Arizona State) and the two seed (Kentucky) playing the three seed (Alabama). Georgia Tech, the champion of the Qualifier is invited to play in the Feb. 12-15 ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
The Wildcats upset No. 24 Alabama 4-3 to advance to the championship round.
Kentucky travels to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State on Feb. 3. Match time is slated for 12 p.m. EST.
UK upsets #24 Bama then falls to #10 Ga. Tech
AllWildcats Top Stories
Adebayo To Hire Agent, Stay In DraftFreshman center reconsiders, closes door on return to UK.
AllWildcatsYesterday at 10:06 AM
Top 5 Ga. QB Williams back on the marketJarren Williams has backed off of his longstanding verbal commitment to Kentucky and a handful of programs are now in the mix for his services.
Scout FootballMonday at 11:55 AM
Diallo To Test Draft WatersRedshirt freshman guard will not hire an agent, keeping path open for return to UK.
AllWildcatsSunday at 5:10 PM
adidas: McCormack talks recent visitsFORT WORTH, Tex - Four-star big man David McCormack was a dominant force at the adidas Gauntlet and talked about his recent unofficial visits to Kentucky and Louisville.
Scout HoopsSaturday at 8:17 PM