Jomby tops No. 4 player in UK’s loss to Ohio State



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Coming off two wins against top ranked opponents last weekend No. 24 ranked junior Tom Jomby was riding high then he came up against the No. 4 ranked player in the country in Ohio State’s Peter Kobelt. Jomby beat Kobelt in straight sets winning 6-3, 7-6 for one of the biggest wins of his singles career.

The rest of the Cats fell flat as the Buckeyes rolled over No. 8 UK (19-7), 6-1. No. 5 Ohio State (21-2) took the doubles point with wins on courts two (8-1) and three (8-4).

Jomby’s win gives him a 15-4 overall record this season with nine of those wins coming over ranked opponents.

Senior Anthony Rossi, ranked No. 18 in the country, took the first set on court one from No. 13 Blaz Rola of Ohio State, 6-4. After breaking Rossi in the second set and holding on to take the set, 7-5, Rola won the ten-point super tiebreak to decide the match, 10-7.

Rossi was named SEC Player of the Week after logging his 100th victory, becoming the 15th player in UK history to reach the milestone.

Rossi went 2-0 last weekend, claiming two straight-set wins over No. 69 Jarryd Botha of Alabama on Friday and No. 34 Andreas Mies of Auburn on Sunday afternoon. Rossi has won six consecutive SEC matches, all against ranked singles opponents.

In the nightcap, UK got back to form beating in-state foe Murray State 6-0 in dominant fashion. The match against the Racers did not feature a doubles point.

Jomby won his second match of the day in straight sets over Adam Taylors (6-4, 6-4) for his fourth straight victory. Junior Ryuji Hirooka shutout freshman Nicholas Mitric in straight sets (6-0, 6-0).

UK will next be in action Sunday when they head to Nashville to face No. 14 Vanderbilt. The Commodores are 14-7 overall and 5-4 in the SEC, sporting a 10-3 record at home.