LEXINGTON, Ky. — Playing at home for the first time in nearly three weeks, the No. 43 Kentucky women’s tennis team returns to Lexington this weekend to host three matches inside the Hilary J. Boon. The Wildcats have a doubleheader with Missouri and Bellarmine on Friday, March 11 before taking on No. 65 Arkansas on Sunday, March 13.
The first serve against the Tigers and Razorbacks is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET as the United Kingdom continues South Eastern Conference action. The game with the Knights, previously rescheduled for Feb. 15, will start at 4 p.m. to round out the non-conference roster.
The Wildcats enter the weekend with an 11-3 record this season. In its last outing, the team dropped back-to-back road decisions at No. 41 Alabama and No. 11 Auburn to start SEC play. Kentucky is 10-1 at home and hasn’t lost a game to unranked competitors.
In total, the UK won 10 of the opening 13 points for a 22-11 record in doubles, also sporting a 40-28 record in singles. Florence Urrutia leads the team with an 11-1 singles record while Carlota Molina is currently the 108th ranked singles player. In addition, the Urrutia tandems and Fiona Arrese as well as Ellie Eades and Carla Girbau both are 7-3 in doubles.
Missouri will come to Lexington with a 5-9 record on the year, most recently dropping a 5-2 decision to Arkansas on March 5. Last year, the Wildcats beat the Tigers, 4-1, in Colombia as they look to extend their perfect 8-0 streak against their SEC rival.
The match with Bellarmine will mark the first time in program history that the two enemies of the state have faced each other. The Knights, who are 1-11 so far this season, won their last game against Southern Indiana in a 6-1 result.
Arkansas landed 65th in the latest ITA poll and last passed Missouri to move to 8-3 overall in the 2021-22 campaign. Morgan Cross and Tatum Rice are the 28th doubles pair in the country. Kentucky, which leads the series 23-9, will be looking to get another win over the Razorbacks after beating them, 4-1, a season ago.
Admission to all home tennis matches will be free for the 2022 season. Capacity at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, all fans, guests and staff must wear a mask when entering, exiting and moving around the building. If spectators cannot wear a mask, they are encouraged not to attend games in person for their health and that of others.
Free parking options include the three small E-lots adjacent to the facility 90 minutes before the first game. Spectators can also pay to park in the Sports Center Garage (PS #7) at the corner of Complex Drive and Sports Center Drive. The cost of parking is $2 per hour with a maximum of $16.
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