LEXINGTON, Ky.  – The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team (5-3) fell 4-3 at No. 16 Kentucky (6-1) on Sunday (Feb. 4) at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky.

The Cavaliers won the doubles point and No. 2 singles to take a 2-0 lead, but Kentucky took four-straight singles courts for the victory.

Kentucky opened the match with a 6-2 win on the top doubles court, but freshman Dylan Dietrich and senior Alexander Kiefer evened it with a 6-3 win at three. Senior Jeffrey von der Schulenburg and sophomore Douglas Yaffa clinched the point with a 6-4 victory at two.

Dietrich put the Cavaliers ahead 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Jack Loutit. Kentucky picked up straight-set wins on courts three and four to even the match and then took a three-setter on the top court to clinch the victory.

Sophomore Måns Dahlberg added a third point for the Cavaliers with a win on court six. After dropping his first set against Christophe Clement, 6-4, he rebounded with a 6-3 win in the second. He took the third-set tiebreaker 10-3 to earn the point.

For the second straight match, Virginia was without its top two singles players. Senior Chris Rodesch is competing in a Davis Cup tie in Colombia, and senior Iñaki Montes was sidelined with an injury.

Virginia defeated Kentucky in the 2023 NCAA Quarterfinals, 4-3, and in the 2022 NCAA Championship final, 4-0.

“All the credit to the Kentucky Wildcats today. They competed hard all the way down their line up, no exceptions, and they had a great crowd today, which probably helped their cause a bit. It was a hard fought match, a fair match and one we will learn from as a team. I know our guys will respond. It’s only a matter of hard work, self-reflection and time.”


  • Virginia returns home to host No. 20 Georgia on Friday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Boar’s Head Sports Club

#16 Kentucky 4, #3 Virginia 3
Singles competition

  1. Taha Baadi (UK) def. #26 J vd Schulenburg (VA) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
  2. Dylan Dietrich (VA) def. Jack Loutit (UK) 6-3, 6-2
  3. Jaden Weekes (UK) def. Alexander Kiefer (VA) 6-4, 6-2
  4. Charlelie Cosnet (UK) def. Edoardo Graziani (VA) 6-4, 6-4
  5. Eli Stephenson (UK) def. James Hopper (VA) 6-3, 6-2
  6. Mans Dahlberg (VA) def. Christophe Clement (UK) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)

Doubles competition

  1. Joshua Lapadat/JJ Mercer (UK) def. Edoardo Graziani/James Hopper (VA) 6-2
  2. J vd Schulenburg/Douglas Yaffa (VA) def. Eli Stephenson/Jaden Weekes (UK) 6-4
  3. Dylan Dietrich/Alexander Kiefer (VA) def. Taha Baadi/Jack Loutit (UK) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)