Kentucky Wildcat Tennis Star Eric Quigley one Win Away from National Cahmpionship

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Jan 20, 2011; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; A view of tennis balls on the court during the match between Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) and Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) on day four of the 2011 Australian Open in Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthias Hauer/GEPA via US PRESSWIRE


It wan an eventful weeknend for UK tennis star Eric Quigley, who defeated Ohio State’s Blaz Rola two sets to one today to advance to the NCAA Singles Final tomorrow and a chance at a National Championship. UK head coach Dennis Emery was very proud of Eric and his outstanding accomplishment:

Eric got off to a slow start and you are just hoping that he sinks his teeth into the match and fights back. He grabbed a break there early in the second set and that really swung the momentum of the match. I thought that Coach (Cedric) Kauffmann did a great job of making some adjustments on court. Eric started to return the ball a lot better the second set and when he can simplify the match to where all he has to do is execute, then he is tough to beat. He was able to do that today and it really set up his offense well. It was just another great performance for him.


Quigley, the #3 player in the nation in singles, will face the nation’s  #1 player in Steve Johnson of Southern California in the final Monday at 12:00 pm EST. The match can be streamed online here.


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