Jan. 19, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - -
The No. 30 University of Louisville men's tennis team opened the 2012 spring season with a 7-0 win over Xavier Thursday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cards (1-0) will play host to Austin Peay in the second half of the opening day doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.
"I'm really happy with the way this team started out," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "I think it's indicative of the preparation that this team has been through. Their work ethic was rewarded. I felt like we were in control the whole match, but No. 1 singles could have gone either way. Andrew's experience helped him close out the match strong - he is the player of the match."
U of L opened the match by taking the doubles point. The 24th ranked duo of senior Andrew Carter and freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer cruised to an 8-0 win over Mesa Mei and Jimmy Roebeker at the top seed. Senior Sumit Gupta and freshman Van Damrongsri clinched the doubles point with an 8-2 victory over Richard Canelas and Marc Pretorius at No. 3. Xavier's Phil Diaz and Brandon MacDonald picked up an 8-6 win over Louisville senior Robert Hall and freshman Albert Wagner.
"Andrew Carter and Sebastian Stiefelmeyer set the tone with their doubles win against a very good team," said Ecarma.
In singles action, freshman Luis Elizondo quickly gave the Cards a 2-0 lead when a 6-0, 6-2 win over Diaz at the six-spot. Shortly after that, Hall's 6-1, 6-1 decision over Xavier's Michael Moe at No. 5 pulled Louisville ahead 3-0. Stiefelmeyer clinched the win on court No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Canelas. Freshman Michael Lippens beat Mei 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 to make the score 5-0. Wagner picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over MacDonald at the four-spot. Carter, No. 113 in the ITA singles rankings closed the win with a 7-6, 6-3 decision over Roebker at the top seed.
"It was good to see Michael Lippens
win at No. 2 where he beat the player who won the Louisville Winter Invitational," said Ecarma.
Men's Tennis Results
Jan. 19, 2012, Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
No. 30 Louisville 7 - Xavier 0
1 - #113 Andrew Carter (UL) d. Jimmy Roebker (XU) 7-6, 6-3
2 - Michael Lippens (UL) d. Mesa Mei (XU) 6-1, 6-1
3 - Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (UL) d. Richard Canelas (XU) 6-1, 6-0
4 - Albert Wagner (UL) d. Brandon MacDonald (XU) 6-1, 6-2
5 - Robert Hall (UL) d. Michael Moe (XU) 6-1, 6-1
6 - Luis Elizondo (UL) d. Phil Diaz (XU)
Order of finish: 6, 5, 3, 2, 4, 1
1 - #24 Carter/Stiefelmeyer (UL) d. Mei/Roebker (XU) 8-0
2 - Diaz/MacDonald (XU) d. Hall/Wagner (UL) 8-6
3 - Gupta/Damrongsri (UL) d. Canelas/Pretorius (XU) 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2