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Kentucky women’s tennis goes 0-2 during weekend in New York

Carter Skaggs
Kentucky Wildcats senior Florencia Urrutia and sophomore Lidia Gonzalez take a water break between sets on the bench during the Kentucky vs. Alabama womens tennis match on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Kentucky. Alabama won 4-1. Photo by Carter Skaggs | Staff

Kentucky women’s tennis traveled to New York over the weekend to take on Columbia and Princeton, falling to both opponents 4-2, 4-3.  

On Friday, Feb. 2, at Columbia, Kentucky gave up the doubles point after Ellie Eades and Lidia Gonzalez were the only pair to put up a win on their court.

Elizabeth Stevens and Eades lost both their respective singles matches on courts one and two for the weekend.  

Zoe Hammond continued her dominant season in singles play by finishing first once again against Columbia, defeating her opponent 6-4, 6-0 in straight sets.  

Ellie Myers also won her match in straight sets 6-2, 7-5 on court six, but the Cats ultimately took the 4-2 loss after Stevens fell on court one.  

Two days later at Princeton, things looked up after the Wildcats stole the doubles point, featuring pairs not yet seen this season.  

Stevens and Myers paired up for the first time and won their match 6-2, while new duo Makayla Mills and Hammond also teamed up to take down their opponents 6-3.  

Moving into singles play with the lead, it did not take long for Princeton to join Kentucky on the scoreboard with Myers falling 6-0, 6-0 in a quick 50-minute match.  

Stevens dropped her match on court one, followed by freshman Julia Zhu tying the match again at two with her 6-1, 6-3 win on court five.  

Hammond and Eades each lost their matches to end singles play and give the 3-4 win to the Tigers.  

The team will return home to the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Friday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. EST to take on Wichita State and look to improve to 5-3 on the season. 

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