Kentucky Wildcats go 1-1 on the day
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior Tom Jomby registered one of the biggest singles wins of his career on Wednesday afternoon as he dismissed the fourth-ranked player in the country, Peter Kobelt of Ohio State University in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (3) as the Buckeyes raced past the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats 6-1 in a top-10 match at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center in Lexington.
Jomby with the win improved his overall season record to 15-4 (6-2 SEC) on the season, including nine wins against ranked opponents. The junior from France also picked up a6-4, 6-4 win on Wednesday night in the nightcap against Murray State to collect his 16th win of the season.
Jomby’s point was the only the Wildcats were able to muster on the afternoon, as the Buckeyes took the doubles point with wins on courts two (8-1) and three (8-4) to register the early lead in the match.
No. 18 Anthony Rossi 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 for a 7-5 win in the second, Rola won the ten-point super tiebreak to decide the match 10-7. Rossi had a 7-2 lead in the tiebreak before the match slipped out of his hands down the stretch.
Kentucky would cap off the night with another win against in-state foe Murray State, a match in which the Wildcats did not lose a set, and won 6-0 as there was nodoubles played.
Texas A&M Defeats Baylor, 4-2
WACO, Texas – No. 4 Texas A&M dropped the doubles point against No. 42 Baylor but came back to win four of six tightly contested singles matches to defeat the Bears, 4-2, tonight at the Jim and Nell Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.
A&M, which defeated Baylor 4-0 earlier in the season in College Station, wins its third consecutive meeting against the Bears and improves to 16-2 on the season. Baylor slips to 7-13.
“Whoever said necessity is the mother of all invention actually knew a thing or two,” A&M coach Howard Joffe said. “Baylor is actually a very good team that has taken a bunch of losses against top 10 teams, 4-3. As we are reaching the end of the season, this was sort of a must-win, quality win for Baylor. That is the necessity part, and so I was very well aware that they were going to give us their absolute most intense and best shot. The match played out exactly as expected.”
A&M dropped the doubles point for only the sixth time this season. The Aggies, who entered the match, 4-2, when dropping the point, got a win at the No. 2 line as 72nd-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun won their fourth consecutive match, defeating Baylor’s Alex Clay and Jordaan Sanford, 8-3.
The Bears’ Kiah Generette and Alex Leatu got an 8-1 victory against twins Ines and Paula Deheza at the No. 3 line, forcing the point to be decided at the No. 1 line. In a matchup of ranked opponents, No. 29 Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva of Baylor broke away from a 4-4 tie against A&M’s seventh-ranked Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu, winning four consecutive games en route to the 8-4 win that gave the Bears a 1-0 lead heading into singles. It was the 10th straight win for the Baylor duo.
“I don’t think we acquitted ourselves very well in the doubles today, but in as much as we didn’t, Baylor did,” Joffe said.
Singles turned into a long, nip-and-tuck battle with each team winning three first sets apiece. Stancu, ranked 68th, would tie the team score at 1-1, downing 120th-ranked Kisialeva, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 line.
Ines Deheza extended her singles win streak to eight matches and gave the Aggies the lead, 2-1, with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Generette at No. 4.
The lead was short lived as Sanford tied the score at 2-2 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over A&M’s Nazari Urbina at the No. 3 line.
A&M regained a 3-2 lead as Hristov, who had dropped her first set, had a crucial come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory against Leatu to improve to 10-0 at the No. 6 line.
Sun then clinched the win, pulling away from a 4-4 tie in the third set to knock off Maria Biryukova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, at the No. 5 line, with a point penalty against Baylor resulting in the match winner.
In a battle of top-10 opponents at the No. 1 line, 10th-ranked Burgic won a marathon first set against fifth-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar, 7-6, taking the tiebreaker, 7-2. Sanchez-Quintanar then evened the match by winning the set, 6-3. The match was in the first game of the third set when Sun clinched the victory and play was stopped.
“The one thing that is pretty obvious is that we do have a prideful and tough bunch of ladies because the circumstances playing here at Baylor are never easy and today was particularly difficult,” Joffe said. “It was a dogfight, and our girls hung in there, and one by one by one, we started to turn the thing around.
“It is a rivalry I would say, and Baylor absolutely gave us a darn good shot. I consider it to be a really quality win. The rankings won’t say that, but I definitely do.”