The No. 25 Kentucky men’s tennis team fell to No. 50 Alabama, 4-1, in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa. UK, the five seed in the tournament, fell to 14-11 while 12th-seeded Alabama improved to 18-11.

Alabama was the first to strike with the doubles point. Trey Yates and Ryo Matsumura were the first court to fall, losing to Patrick Kaukovalta and Zeh Zhou, 7-5. No. 18 Cesar Bourgois and Gus Benson had a 7-6 win over No. 30 Mazen Osama and Edson Ortiz, 7-6 (7-4). Will Bushamuka and Austin Hussey lost, 7-6 (8-6) to give Alabama the doubles point.

The Crimson Tide took a 2-0 advantage when Austin Hussey fell to Zhe Zhou, 6-3, 6-3. Hussey is now 10-10 this season and 4-3 on the No. 6 court.

Bama extended its advantage to 3-0 when No. 8 Ryo Matsumura was defeated by No. 18 Mazen Osama, 7-5, 6-4. Matsumura is now 17-4 overall this year and 9-3 against nationally ranked opponents.

UK earned its only point of the game when No. 49 Will Bushamuka took down Patrick Kaukovalta, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Bushamuka improved to 10-7 this year and 9-2 on the No. 2 court.

Alabama won the match when Kento Yamada lost to Alexey Nesterov, 7-5, 6-3. Yamada is 7-6 this season.

Two courts remained unfinished when play was called. Enzo Wallart was down 6-7 (2-7), 1-3 and Yates was down 6-7 (3-7), 5-5 when the match finished.

Kentucky will now await its fate in the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will take place on May 1 at 5:30 p.m. live on

Tennis Match Results

Kentucky vs Alabama

4/26/2018 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

(Alabama Tennis Stadium)

#50 Alabama 4, #25 Kentucky 1

Singles competition

1. #18 Osama, Mazen (UA) def. #8 Ryotaro Matsumura (KENTUCKY) 7-5, 6-4

2. #49 Will Bushamuka (KENTUCKY) def. Kaukovalta, Patrick (UA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

3. Cancel, Thibault (UA) vs. Enzo Wallart (KENTUCKY) 7-6 (7-2), 3-1, unfinished

4. Ortiz, Edson (UA) vs. Trey Yates (KENTUCKY) 7-6 (7-3), 5-5, unfinished

5. Nesterov, Alexey (UA) def. Kento Yamada (KENTUCKY) 7-5, 6-3

6. Zhou, Zhe (UA) def. Austin Hussey (KENTUCKY) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. #18 Gus Benson/Cesar Bourgois (KENTUCKY) def. #30 Osama, Mazen/Ortiz, Edson (UA) 7-6 (7-4)

2. Cancel, Thibault/Nesterov, Alexey (UA) def. Will Bushamuka/Austin Hussey (KENTUCKY) 7-6 (8-6)

3. Kaukovalta, Patrick/Zhou, Zhe (UA) def. Trey Yates/Ryotaro Matsumura (KENTUCKY) 7-5

Match Notes:

Kentucky 14-11; National ranking #25

Alabama 18-11; National ranking #50

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,2,5)

T-3:15 A-107

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Mike Scholze


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