UK women’s tennis calendar set for 2022
Wildcats to host 17 of 24 regular season home games
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ / UK ATHLETICS) – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team have released their schedule for the upcoming spring 2022 season, as announced by the head coach Carlos Drada Tuesday. The schedule includes 24 regular season games, with the Wildcats hosting 17 at the Hilary J. Boone tennis complex.
The season begins with back-to-back home doubles, as the UK first faces East Tennessee State and Belmont on January 14, followed by games with Miami Ohio and Bellarmine on January 16. The Wildcats will then face their first road test on January 21 at Notre Dame before returning home on January 23 to face Indiana.
The Wildcats resume doubles competition on February 13 against Penn State and Western Kentucky before hosting Ohio State on February 18. Kentucky then completes its non-conference roster on February 20 in Lexington by hosting West Virginia and Austin Peay.
The Southeastern Conference game begins on March 4 with a trip to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide before traveling to Auburn on March 6. The Wildcats then have 11 consecutive encounters against enemies of the SEC, which includes road games at LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Tennessee.
The Wildcats are expected to host Missouri, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Florida, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Mississippi State during league action. The UK concludes the regular season with games against the Rebels and Bulldogs on April 15 and 17, respectively, at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
The SEC 2022 tournament is scheduled for April 20-24 in Gainesville, Florida, with all 14 teams in the conference being guaranteed at least one game.
The full 2022 program can be found here.
The Wildcats posted an overall rating of 16-9 with a 6-7 record in the SEC game in 2021. The season was one for the record books, as Arrese and Akvile Paražinskaite took the No. 1 in the doubles draw for the NCAA Championships. The duo were the first Wildcat to be ranked No.1 since 2016 and the first with Drada at the helm.
UK sack six players from last year’s roster, including All-American and All-SEC First Team Fiona Arrese. The program has also welcomed three newcomers this season in Ellie Eades, Lidia González, and Florencia Urrutia.