ORLANDO (UK Athletics) – An unbelievable run by Kentucky girls’s tennis’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Akvilė Paražinskaitė and Fiona Arrese got here to an finish within the spherical of 16 on the NCAA Doubles Championship on the UTSA Nationwide Campus in Orlando on Tuesday. The Wildcats fell 6-3, 6-2 to UCLA’s Elysia Bolton and Jada Hart.
Kentucky couldn’t overcome the Bruins’ robust serving which held serve in the course of the match.
At present’s loss is not going to diminish the run UK’s top-ranked duo loved in 2021. Paražinskaitė and Arrese had been the Southeastern Convention’s automated qualifiers within the 32-team doubles event and the primary Wildcats to be ranked No. 1 since Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi in 2016.
The duo is the primary doubles tandem to earn a No. 1 general seed getting into the event underneath head coach Carlos Drada. Adachi and Sutjiadi held the ITA No. 1 rating however had been seeded No. 2 for the event.
Paražinskaitė and Arrese were named to the first team of the All-SEC Tennis Team. The honors had been the primary of their careers. They will even choose up All-America accolades for incomes the No. 1 seed within the doubles draw.
The duo amassed a 21-5 general file on the season, together with a 7-4 mark in opposition to ranked foes.
UCLA captured the primary three video games within the opening set to realize a 3-0 benefit it could not relinquish. UK couldn’t earn a breakpoint and the Bruins earned a 6-3 opening-set victory.
The Wildcats overcame a deficit of their opening-round victory over Wake Forest’s Brooke Killingsworth and Anna Brylin yesterday to advance to the spherical of 16 however couldn’t produce the identical magic in opposition to UCLA.
Kentucky appeared to get off to an excellent begin within the second set when it gained the opening sport, however the Bruins responded by taking every of the following 4 to go forward 4-1. UCLA then held serve and gained 6-2 to earn the upset victory.
With the loss, Kentucky’s season involves an finish. Paražinskaitė concludes her profession having made an look in each the singles’ and doubles’ attract her remaining season within the Blue and White.