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Kentucky women’s tennis falls to Auburn 4-0 in SEC Tournament

Aidan Dillard-Hijikata
Lizzy Stevens and Zoe Hammond during their doubles match vs Missouri on Mar. 29, 2024 in Lexington Kentucky at Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. Kentucky won the match 4-0. Photo by Aidan Dillard-Hijikata | Staff

Kentucky women’s tennis played its final match of the season on Thursday, April 18, ending with a  9-15 record (3-12 SEC).

The No. 4 Auburn Tigers swept the Wildcats 4-0 in the second round of the SEC Tournament. 

The Cats, earning a No.12 seed in the conference tournament, were looking to capitalize on a first round victory. 

They defeated No.13 Mississippi State 4-1 on April 17 and showed off with a quick match in Athens, Georgia.

However, Auburn had their number from the very beginning. 

The only highlight of the day featured Zoe Hammond and Ellie Eades, who won their doubles match on court two. 

With Makayla Mills and Elizabeth Stevens’ 6-3 loss before hand, Maialen Morante and Julia Zhu’s loss on court three gave the doubles point to the Tigers. 

With a 1-0 lead, Auburn dominated singles play, allowing Mills to be the only Wildcat to take the first set. 

Kentucky had some hope in the first set, with Zhu leading 5-3 and Ellie Myers forcing a tiebreaker. 

Zhu allowed her opponent to come back and win 7-6, followed by Myers who also lost her first set.

From this point on, the Tigers took care of the Wildcats quickly, taking out Hammond and Stevens in straight sets.

With a 3-0 lead, Kentucky watched Eades eagerly who ultimately lost on court three, ending the season for Kentucky. 

The Wildcats will have a new chapter to begin next season after the departure of three upperclassmen. 

The first year under head coach Shelley Jaudon is in the books, as she holds promise with her strong recruiting ability. 

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