March 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Albert Wagner's 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 win over No 89 Lucas Oliveira clinched the match as the #40 University of Louisville men's tennis defeated No 56 Virginia Tech 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The win extended the Cards' home winning streak to six matches
"We've been playing these types of matches with Virginia Tech a long time," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma "We've been batting with them since the early 90's and almost all of the matches have been 4-3. It's like history repeats itself and it's crazy with our rivalry."
The Hokies (6-6) swept all three doubles courts to take the first point of the match. Robert Hall and Michael Lippens fell 8-3 to Patrick Daciek and Lucas Oliveira at the two spot. At No.1, the #47 ranked duo of Luka Somen and Corrado Tocci defeated #55 Andrew Carter and Albert Wagner 8-3, clinching the doubles point. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Luis Elizondo fell 8-5 to Virginia Tech's Trpimir Kujundzic and Hunter Koontz at the three-spot.
The Cards (10-8)opened singles play with wins at Nos. 6 and 4. Freshman Luis Elizondo tied the overall score at one a piece with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court six. Fellow freshman Michael Lippens put the Cards ahead 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No.4.
Virginia Tech evened the score at 2-2 when #84 Luka Somen defeated Sebastian Stiefelmeyer 6-4, 6-1 at the top spot. Senior Robert Hall fought through a tough three-set loss, falling 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci at No. 5 to give the Hokies a 3-2 lead.
"I've got to give credit to Albert Wagner," said Ecarma. "The match didn't get to 3-3 when he was at the end of his match. It got to 3-3 at the beginning of a third set that last an hour and five minutes. For an hour and five minutes, as a freshman, he had to hold it together and play great. He had to beat one of their top players who is a junior and really show the rest of the team how we want them to play. We can't win every match, but that's the style-aggressive and intense- that we want. If there was a player that I wanted to be in that position at 3-all, it's him. He's the hottest player we have and we are very fortunate that it came down to his court and he played great tennis. . I'm also really proud of Andrew Carter, Michael Lippens, and Luis Elizondo."
The Cardinals will be back in action at the Bass-Rudd Tennis center on March 21 when they play host to Morehead State and Murray State in a doubleheader.
#40 Louisville 4, #56 Virginia Tech 3
Mar 17, 2012 at Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
1. #84 Luka Somen (VT) def. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU-M) 6-4, 6-1
2. Albert Wagner (LOU-M) def. #89 Lucas Oliveira (VT) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6
3. Andrew Carter (LOU-M) def. Patrick Daciek (VT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Michael Lippens (LOU-M) def. Mauricio Antun (VT) 6-4, 6-3
5. Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci (VT) def. Robert Hall (LOU-M) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Luis Elizondo (LOU-M) def. Trpimir Kujundzic (VT) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,4,1,5,3,2
1. #47 Luka Somen/C. Tocci (VT) def. #55 Andrew Carter/Albert Wagner (LOU-M) 8-3
2. Patrick Daciek/Lucas Oliveira (VT) def. Michael Lippens/Robert Hall (LOU-M) 8-3
3. Trpimir Kujundzic/Hunter Koontz (VT) def. Seb. Stiefelmeyer/Luis Elizondo (LOU-M) 8-5
Order of finish: 2,1,3