Kentucky womens tennis picks up first power five win over Purdue 4-3


Elizabeth Stevens high fives Carla Girbau after scoring a point during the University of Kentucky vs. Tennessee women’s tennis match on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Hillary J. Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Collin Lewis, Reporter

Kentucky womens tennis ended a two game losing streak and handed Purdue its first defeat of the season with a 4-3 victory on the road at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Wildcats won the doubles point and three of the six singles matches to earn the victory, marking the first time this season Kentucky defeated a power five opponent.

The victory also marked Kentucky’s first time winning a 4-3 match this year after suffering two defeats earlier this season.

Kentucky opened the match securing the doubles point, with tonight being the seventh time in eight matches that the Cats have done so.

Striking first on court three was Lidia Gonzalez and Florencia Urrutia. The duo claimed a 6-2 victory over Purdue while Elizabeth Stevens and Makayla Mills won their court 6-3 shortly after.

Moving on to singles action, the Wildcats got off to a strong start by taking set one on four out of six courts. However, Purdue would claw its way back by winning courts three and five to take a 2-1 lead over Kentucky.

The Purdue advantage would be short lived as Sophomore Ellie Eades leveled the score 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over her opponent.

Urrutia then reclaimed the lead for Kentucky after she won her singles battle on court one with a score of 7-5, 6-4.

Finally, to secure the win, Stevens fought hard over her opponent, winning her first set 7-6 (3), losing the second 4-6 and then coming back with a 6-4 win in the third and final set to win the contest for Kentucky.

The Wildcats next match and the finale of a three-match road stretch will come against No.5 Michigan which will be the first ranked opponent for Kentucky this season. The match will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. EST at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.