March 6, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville men's tennis team defeated Harvard 5-2 at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center.
"It is tough coming off of six straight road losses, even though five of those losses were to top ten teams" said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "It still put some doubt in our heads. Today was like medicine for that doubt, beating a good team like Harvard. I am really proud of us winning the doubles point and the way Alejandro (Calligari) and Simon (Childs) came out and dominated the match to give us a 1-0 lead. Robert Hall had missed almost all of February but was able to come out today and resume his position as our clincher."
The Cards got off to a fast start by winning the doubles point. The No. 16-ranked pair of Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk beat Harvard's Aba Omodele-Lucien and Casey MacMaster 8-6 on the first court. Robert Hall and Amaury Derognat fell to Jonathan Pearlman and Joshua Tchan 8-6 before Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari downed Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen 9-7 to clinch the point for the Cardinals.
In singles action, senior Simon Childs downed Andy Nguyen 6-2, 6-2 at the three-slot to put the Cardinals up 2-0. Dante Terenzio fell 6-4, 6-2 to Casey MacMaster in the six slot, but Louisville received two more quick points from Calligari and Hall. Calligari beat Joshua Tchan 6-1, 6-1 at the four seed and Hall downed Alexei Chijoff-Evans 6-4, 6-3 to seal the victory for the Cards.
At the top seed, No. 12 Austen Childs fell to Jonathan Pearlman 6-3, 6-2, ending his streak of 23 straight victories at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center. Senior Viktor Maksimcuk rounded out the scoring for Louisville with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Alistair Felton at the two spot.
The Cardinals will travel to California for a two-match series. They will face No. 7 USC on March 12 in a re-match from the ITA National Indoor Championship where the Trojans (then ranked No. 2) beat the Cardinals 4-0. Louisville will then head to Malibu to face No. 15 Pepperdine.
The Cards will be back at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center March 21 when they play host to Maryland at 2:30 p.m.
#20 University of Louisville 5, Harvard University 2
March 6, 2011- Bass Rudd Tennis Center
1- Jonathan Pearlman (HU) def. #12 Austen Childs (UL) 6-3, 6-2
2- #115 Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. Alistair Felton (HU) 6-4, 7-6
3- Simon Childs (UL) def. Andy Nguyen (HU) 6-2, 6-2
4- Alejandro Calligari def. Joshua Tchan (HU) 6-1, 6-1
5- Robert Hall (UL) def. Alexei Chijoff-Evans (HU) 6-4, 6-3
6- Casey MacMaster (HU) def. Dante Terenzio (UL) 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 4, 5, 1,2
1- #16 A. Childs/Maksimcuk (UL) def. Omodele-Lucien/MacMaster (HU) 8-6
2- S. Childs/Calligari (UL) def. Felton/Nguyen (HU) 9-7
3- Pearlman/Tchan (HU) def. Hall/Derognat (UL) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2