[Moderated by Matt Jones]
After what has been one of the most successful overall athletic years for the University of Kentucky, it has been a rough couple of days for those wearing the Blue and White. During a very important type of year for the spring sports around the nation, Kentucky fell a little bit short on many different types of land.
The UK men’s tennis team ended one of, if not the best, seasons in school history on Friday with a 4-1 loss to the Stanford Cardinal. The Wildcats won the doubles points, but had a very lackluster performance on the singles courts. They lost the 1st set in every single match, something that hasn’t happened the entire year. Eric Quigley lost just his 2nd match this spring, and him and fellow senior Alex Musialek ended their careers as Wildcats on an off note. They still have a chance to redeem themselves however as both will be competing in the NCAA Singles Championships next week, as well as Anthony Rossi. Quigley and doubles partner Panav Jha will also be competing in the NCAA Doubles Championship, so the season is still alive for those select players.
The UK softball team ended their season in the Louisville regional of the NCAA tournament after 2 one-run losses to Michigan and Louisville. The Cats had definite chances to win both of these cames, they just couldn’t pull through in the clutch. The ladies finish 30-30 on the year, a disappointment coming after last season, and such high hopes for this one. It will be tough to reload the level of talent this team has, as a number of influential seniors are leaving, who completely changed the atmosphere of softball here on campus.
The baseball team blew a chance to win a share of the SEC regular season championship this weekend by getting swept in 3 games to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. This was the first series all year that the Wildcats were swept in versus a SEC opponent. It’s disappointing that The Wildcats had their worst weekend all year during a time when they had so much to play for. They go into the SEC Tournament as the 4 seed, dropping 3 spots from what they could have been. They play Ole Miss in the first game, and after that who knows what happens as the double-elimination format has teams all over the place.
It was a rough weekend for the boys in Blue, but let’s hope we can finish the spring season strong, and bring home the Captial One Cup while we’re at it.
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