No. 19 Cats now 7-0 following doubleheader sweep of visiting Flyers


Liam Draxl high-fives a teammate during Kentucky’ match with Dayton.IMAGE OBTAINED FROM UK ATHLETICS.

Hunter Shelton

After moving up two spots in the latest Oracle ITA Rankings, the No. 19 UK men’s tennis team continued to roll on Wednesday, sweeping a doubleheader against Dayton inside the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. 

The Cats didn’t drop a point in either match against the Flyers, going a combined 6-0 in singles play and 4-1 in completed doubles matches. 

Millen Hurrion and Yasha Zemel got things started for UK. In what was their first-time playing together as a duo, the pair defeated Erik Eliasson and Georgi Mavrodiev 6-1.  

Reigning SEC Player of the Week Liam Draxl and Alexandre Leblanc finished off the first point of the day for Kentucky, claiming victory over Connor Bruce and Max DeCurtins 6-4. 

Draxl was the first to win for UK in singles, overpowering Bruce 6-3, 6-1 on court one to improve his stellar singles record to 6-0. 

Zemel padded the lead next, winning 6-1, 6-4 in his singles debut against Will Harper.  

His doubles partner, Hurrion, put the first meeting to bed for the Wildcats, beating Eliasson 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. The match-clinching win improved his singles record to a perfect 5-0.  

Match two proved to be more of the same for Big Blue. 

Undefeated doubles duo Gabriel Diallo and Cesar Bourgois prevailed against DeCurtins and Bruce 6-4. But Dayton answered, as Mavrodiev and Harper handled the Wildcat first-time freshman tandem Mathis Moysan and Tate Sandman 6-3.  

With the pressure on, Draxl and Joshua Lapadat – who were coupled for the first time – managed to get the job done versus Ronit Huryur and Steven Karl. They took the set 6-4, preventing what would have been the first doubles point loss for UK. 

After avoiding the potential early deficit, The Cats returned to business as usual in singles competition.  

Zemel finished his impressive debut with another singles victory, this time over Hiryur, 6-1, 6-2. Just behind was sophomore Jonathan Sorbo, who notched his third singles victory in three tries by beating Oliver Dunne 6-0, 6-4. 

Bourgois, the team captain, sealed the deal for UK by defeating Karl 6-3, 6-4 on court two. Like many of his teammates, he is also still undefeated in singles play.  

With a perfect 7-0 record and their foot on the gas, the Cats will look to maintain dominance while two more Power Five teams make pit-stops in Lexington. Kentucky finishes out the week versus ACC foes Virginia Tech – who comes to town fresh off its first win of the year – and 2-2 Duke.

The Cats face the Hokies on Friday at 1:00 p.m. E.T, and the Blue Devils at 12:00 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. Both battles will go down inside the Boone Tennis Complex.