March 26, 2014
The University of Louisville men's tennis team defeated Michigan 4-3 Wednesday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cardinals improved to 15-5 while the Wolverines dropped to 9-8 on the season.
"I'm really proud of our players for started out so well in doubles," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "It was really good to see our doubles coming together."
The Cardinals took the doubles point to start the match. Alex Gornet and Jeffrey Brown defeated Alex Petrone and Tyler Gardiner 8-3 at No. 3 and Albert Wagner and Chris Simich won 8-4 against Shaun Bernstein and Kevin Wong at No. 2 to clinch the first point for the Cards. The match on court one between Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri and Michigan's Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi was tied at 4-4 when it was suspended.
In singles action, Stiefelmeyer won the Cards' second point at No. 1 against Alex Petrone 6-3, 6-0. Alex Gornet defeated Shaun Bernstein 7-6(8-6), 6-0 at No. 3 to bring Louisville up 3-0. Michael Lippens secured the win for the Cards at No. 6 with a 6-1, 7-6(7-2) decision over Barrett Franks.
With the match already in hand for the Cardinals, Michigan got points at Nos. 5, 4 and 2. Buzzi defeated Damrongsri 6-4, 6-4at No. 5 and Justin Rossi topped Simich 7-5, 7-5 at No. 4. Wagner fell match 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) in a hard-fought to Vlad Stefan at No. 2 for the 4-3 final.
"A month ago we were really struggling at the number three spot, but right now it looks like our best spot," said Ecarma. "Number two is solid and I felt like number one was going to win it in a close one. Sebastian looked like an elite player today. He looked like one of the top 50 players in college. Alex won a very pivotal first set. It could have been really tricky for us if he didn't win that break point, but he did and went on to win that second set. Michael Lippens has been our go-to guy - if we were baseball, he's our closer. We won the match 4-0, but I give it to Michigan, all their guys kept on fighting but the main thing is we got the win and we beat a storied program that is respected throughout the country."
The Cardinals (15-5) are back in action on April 4 when they play host to Memphis at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center at 3 p.m.
#35 Louisville 4, #46 Michigan 3
Mar 26, 2014 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
1. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU) def. Alex Petrone (MICHIGAN) 6-3, 6-0
2. Vlad Stefan (MICHIGAN) def. Albert Wagner (LOU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
3. Alex Gornet (LOU) def. Shaun Bernstein (MICHIGAN) 7-6, 6-0
4. Justin Rossi (MICHIGAN) def. Chris Simich (LOU) 7-5, 7-5
5. Alex Buzzi (MICHIGAN) def. Van Damrongsri (LOU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Michael Lippens (LOU) def. Barrett Franks (MICHIGAN) 6-1, 7-6
1. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (LOU) vs. #24 Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (MICHIGAN) 4-4, unfinished
2. Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (LOU) def. Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (MICHIGAN) 8-4
3. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) def. Alex Petrone/Tyler Gardiner (MICHIGAN) 8-3
Michigan 9-8; National ranking #46
Louisville 15-5; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,3,6,5,4,2)