Feb. 2, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - - The University of Louisville men's tennis team fell 5-2 to host Michigan Thursday evening. The Cardinals (3-3) will return to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, where they will play host to No. 29 Minnesota Saturday at 5 p.m.
"We won doubles on court two handily and were up 5-3, 40-0 on court three and lost it," said head coach Rex Ecarma. "We won singles at numbers three and five, but lost in tight three-setters at four and six. We just need to capitalize on leads so we can win matches like this. I believe we will."
The Wolverines won the doubles point to open the match. Evan King and Shaun Bernstein, No. 22 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, defeated Louisville's Andrew Carter and Michael Lippens 8-3 at the top seed. Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu clinched the first point with an 8-6 victory over Sumit Gupta and Van Damrongsri at the two-spot. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Robert Hall picked up an 8-4 win over Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi at No. 3.
In singles action, Michigan picked up wins on courts one and two to jump to a 3-0 lead before Stiefelmeyer put the Cards on the board with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Petrone at the three-spot. Albert Wagner pulled Louisville within a point with a 7-6(2), 6-4 decision over Franks at No. 5. With the other three courts in their third sets, Michigan's Eli Brown topped Luis Elizondo 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the match.
No. 1 -- No. 22 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (UM) d. Andrew Carter/Michael Lippens (UL), 8-3
No. 2 -- Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Robert Hall (UL) d. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (UM), 8-4
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (UM) d. Sumit-Prakash Gupta/Van Damrongsri (UL), 8-6
Order of finish: 1-3-2;