March 13, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team defeated host Indiana 5-2 Thursday afternoon at the IU Tennis Center.
"A typical Louisville versus Indiana tennis match- exciting, intense and down to the wire," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "Our teams always play barn burners and Randy Bloemendaal is one of my best friends in the business and he does a fantastic job at developing his players. This team has really dug deep these last couple weeks and it is exciting to see their growth."
The Hoosiers (8-9) opened the match by taking the doubles point. Indiana's Sven Lalic and Dimitrije Tasic defeated Albert Wagner and Chris Simich 8-3 at the two-spot, but Louisville's Alex Gornet and Jeffrey Brown evened things up with an 8-5 win over Chris Essick and Stefan Lugonjic at No. 3. Indiana's 44th ranked duo of Sam Monette and Daniel Bednarczy defeated Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri 8-6 at No. 1 to secure the first point of the match.
In singles action, the Cardinals tied the score quickly at the top seed where Sebastian Stiefelmeyer defeated No. 61 Sam Monette 6-2, 6-1. Albert Wagner put Louisville up 2-1 when picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sven Lalic on court two. Michael Lippens defeated Lugonjic 7-6, 6-3 at No. 6 to increase the lead to 3-1. The Hoosiers pulled within a point on court four where Dimitrije Tasic beat Chris Simich 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to make the score 3-2.
Alex Gornet clinched the victory with a 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-5 decision over Bednarczyk at the No. 3 spot. Luis Elizondo completed the win by beating Elliott Yee 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 at No. 5.
"They started off with the doubles point and Sebastian countered with one of his best matches of the year by beating nationally ranked Sam Monette to make it 1-1," said Ecarma. "Albert continued his good play from Arizona to win in straight sets to make it 2-1. Lippens toughed out a competitive two sets and made it 3-1. But Simich was down 2-5 in the third set, Alex 3-5 in the third, and Luis was down 3-5 in the third set as well. Simich makes a valiant effort but fell 5-7 to make it 3-2. Gornet raises his level of play to win 4 straight games and clinched the Big 10 road win. Luis gutted our a 7-6 in the third win to make it 5-2."
The Cardinals (12-4) will play host to Michigan State Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
No. 32 Louisville 5 - No. 59 Indiana 2
1 - Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU) d. #61 Sam Monette (IU) 6-2. 6-1
2 - Albert Wagner (LOU) d. Sven Lalic (IU) 6-2, 6-3
3 - Alex Gornet (LOU) d. Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) 7-6, 3-6, 7-5
4 - Dimitrije Tasic (IU) d. Chris Simich (LOU) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
5 - Luis Elizondo (LOU) d. Elliott Yee (IU) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6
6 - Michael Lippens (LOU) d. Stefan Lugonjic (IU) 7-6, 6-3
(Order of finish: 1, 2, 6, 3, 4, 5)
1 -#44 Monette/Bednarczyk (IU) d. Stiefelmeyer/Damrongsri (LOU) 8-6
2 - Lalic/Tasic (IU) d. Wagner/Simich (LOU) 8-3
3 - Gornet/Brown (LOU) d. Essick/Lubonjic (IU) 8-5
(Order of finish: 2,3,1)