Feb. 5, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team fell 4-1 to No. 28 North Carolina Wednesday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
"I really feel that we had our moment in the beginning," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "We were up in doubles early and again late. We really needed to close and get a 1-0 lead, but that's when we failed to close out the doubles point. Michael Lippens had another great performance and got us that point. Chris Simich won his first set, Alex Gornet had two set points. I felt like there were opportunities to make it a 3-3 type of match, but when it came down to using those opportunities and finishing off sets and matches, they did a better job."
North Carolina (7-1) grabbed a highly competitive doubles point to start the match. Albert Wagner and Chris Simich gave the Cardinals an early edge with a 6-3 win over Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray at the No. 2 spot. Louisville jumped to early leads on courts 1 and 3, but North Carolina battled its way back. At the three-spot, Alex Gornet and Luis Elizondo held a 4-3 lead, but Nelson Vick and Esben Hess-Olesen came back to win 6-4. The first point of the match came down to the top-seeded teams. Juniors Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri took a 3-1 lead and pulled ahead again 4-3, but Brett Clark tied the score at 5-5 and prevailed in an 8-0 tiebreaker to seal the doubles point.
In singles action, Lippens quickly tied the score with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Johan Skattum at No. 6. Schnur defeated Stiefelmeyer 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 to pull the Tar Heels back ahead 2-1. Vick added to the lead with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elizondo on court four. UNC's 17th ranked Ronnie Schneider edged Wagner 6-5 (8-6) in the first set and posted a 6-3 win in the second to clinch the match on court two.
At the five-spot, Chris Simich won his first set against Jack Murray 6-4 and was down 4-5 in the second while Alex Gornet lost his first set 6-5, but was tied 2-2 in the second when the match was suspended.
"Give credit to North Carolina, they came into a place where, even on an icy day, the fans came in and were loud and did what they could to help," said Ecarma "It's a game of inches and they out-inched us. They've got a very special player in Brayden Schnur. He's the best freshman in the country that I've seen so far this season. Michael Lippens was our player of match - he's been winning decisively lately."
Louisville (5-2) is back in action on Feb. 15 when the Cards travel to Lincoln, Neb. to face Nebraska.
#28 North Carolina 4, #49 Louisville 1
Feb 05, 2014 at Louisville, Ky.
(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
1. Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU) 6-4, 6-1
2. #17 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. Albert Wagner (LOU) 6-5 (8-6), 6-3
3. Alex Gornet (LOU) vs. #36 Brett Clark (UNC) 5-6 (7-8), 2-2, unfinished
4. Nelson Vick (UNC) def. Luis Elizondo (LOU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Chris Simich (LOU) vs. Jack Murray (UNC) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
6. Michael Lippens (LOU) def. Johan Skattum (UNC) 6-4, 6-0
Order of finish: 6,1,4,2
1. Brett Clark/Brayden Schnur (UNC) def. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (LOU) 6-5 (8-0)
2. Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (LOU) def. Ronnie Schneider/Jack Murray (UNC) 6-3
3. Nelson Vick/Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Alex Gornet/Luis Elizondo (LOU) 6-4
North Carolina 7-1; National ranking #28
Louisville 5-2; National ranking #49
Order of finish: 2,3,1