Jan. 17, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team defeated visiting Murray State 7-0, capping its season-opening doubleheader with its second straight shutout Friday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cardinals defeated Morehead State 7-0 in the first match of the day.
"I'm really pleased with the chemistry of the team with the guys really cheering each other on and supporting each other," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "I think right know where they know how to win at a high level and they see a little bit of our swagger back. I really like our confidence and our chemistry. They're really fun to coach and I want to invite our fans back the next time we are at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. They're going to see a great product. Our player of the match was Amaury Derognat."
For the second straight time, the Cards swept through doubles to claim the first point of the match. Juniors Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri started off strong for the Cards with a 6-0 victory over Adam Taylor and Max McLean at the top seed. In the three-spot, freshmen Eric Bonfre and sophomore Jeffrey Brown secured the doubles point with a 6-0 score against David Hess and Mateo Barroetavena. Junior Chris Simich and senior Amaury Derognat closed out doubles with a 6-1 victory over Aleks and Nicholas Mitric at No. 2.
In singles action, UofL won all six matches in straight sets. Junior Michael Lippens cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Baroetavena at No. 5 to increase the lead to 2-0. Luis Elizondo followed suit on court three with a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Alek Mitric. Stiefelmeyer's 6-0, 6-1 win over Adam Taylor at the No. 1 slot provided the decisive fourth point in the match. Simich bested Nicholas Mitric 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4, making the score 5-0. Bonfre registered a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Hess. Damrongsri wrapped the match by beating McLean 6-1, 6-4 at the two-spot.
The Cards are back in action Feb. 25 when they travel to Columbus, Ohio to face Middle Tennessee in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Ohio State and Denver will face off in the other first round match. The winners will meet on Feb. 26 to decide who will move on to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship which will be held Feb. 14-17 at Texas A&M.
Jan. 17, 2014 at Louisville, Ky.
(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
#48 Louisville 7, Murray State 0
1. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU) def. Adam Taylor (MUR) 6-0, 6-1
2. Van Damrongsri (LOU) def. Max McLean (MUR) 6-1, 6-4
3. Luis Elizondo (LOU) def. Aleks Mitric (MUR) 6-0, 6-0
4. Chris Simich (LOU) def. Nicholas Mitric (MUR) 6-2, 6-0
5. Michael Lippens (LOU) def. Mateo Barroetavena (MUR) 6-0, 6-0
6. Eric Bonfre (LOU) def. David Hess (MUR) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: Singles (5,3,1,4,6,2)
1. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (LOU) def. Adam Taylor/ Max McLean(MUR) 6-0
2. Chris Simich/Amaury Derognat (LOU) def. Aleks Mitric/Nicholas Mitric(MUR) 6-1
3. Eric Bonfre/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) def. David Hess/Mateo Barroetavena(MUR) 6-0
Murray State 0-1
Louisville 2-0; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,3,1,4,6,2)
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