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Irvine Upsets Kentucky in Tennis, 5-4

January 18, 1987

UC Irvine's men's tennis team, ranked No. 22 nationally, defeated No. 18 Kentucky, 5-4, Saturday for a season-opening victory in the Minnesota Challenge Tournament at Minneapolis.

Irvine's No. 1 doubles team of Julian Barrham and Darren Yates defeated Rich Benson and Greg Van Emberg of Kentucky, 6-3, 7-6, in the deciding match.

Benson and Van Emberg were the nation's No. 3-ranked doubles team.

Irvine's No. 1 singles player, Mark Kaplan, defeated Benson.

Irvine is 1-0 and Kentucky dropped to 3-1.

Irvine will play Minnesota in the tournament final today.

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