SEC Tournament awaits UK women’s tennis


Junior Kirsten Lewis serves the ball during a match in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday, March 1,2015. Photo by John Paul Williams

By Hunter Mitchell

[email protected]

The postseason has arrived for UK women’s tennis as the team will travel to Columbia, S.C., on Thursday to face Ole Miss.

UK is looking for a long run in the SEC Tournament to gain back some momentum from its recent play. The Cats have lost five straight games, four of which were against Top 30-ranked teams.

After falling 4-0 to No. 10 Texas A&M in the regular season finale, No. 21 UK procured an 8-seed in the SEC tournament with a final record of 15-11. Ole Miss, ranked 25th in the nation, is coming off a close 4-3 win over Mississippi State and is currently on a three-game winning streak. The Rebels secured a 9-seed in the tournament.

Ole Miss features senior Julia Jones, who recently became the seventh player in the program to secure 100 career wins in singles. Jones defeated 24 nationally-ranked opponents in that span, 16 of which have come this year.

The Cats defeated Ole Miss earlier this season, pulling a 4-3 upset over the then-No. 15 Rebels in late February.

Senior Kelsey Dieters was a big part of UK’s victory as she won in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) over Ole Miss freshman Natalie Suk.

UK sophomore Taylor Lederman then closed it for the Cats, securing her own straight-set victory (6-2, 6-2) over Rebels senior Iris Verboven.

Thursday’s match between UK and Ole Miss will begin on the second day of the tournament at 10:00 a.m. The winner will face 1-seed Florida on Friday.