April 2, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - -
The University of Louisville men's tennis team defeated VCU 5-2 Saturday in a neutral match in Tampa, Fla. The Cardinals improve to 11-10, while the Rams drop to 18-4 on the season.
Louisville used wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to take the first point of the match. VCU's Max Wennakoski and Filip Svensson defeated Alejandro Calligari and Robert Hall 8-5 at No. 2, but the Cards rebounded with Simon Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk's 8-5 win over Tim Johannse and Antoine Baroz at the top seed. Austen Childs and Adam Donaldson sealed the doubles point by beating Alejandro Argente and Jordan Dyke 8-6 at the three spot.
"Our doubles play has continued to improve since we shook up the lineup a few weeks ago," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "Austen (Childs) and Adam (Donaldson) clinched the doubles point for us, I think Adam's confidence is really starting to grow with each match."
In singles, Simon Childs quickly gave the Cards a 2-0 lead by beating Baroz 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3. Hall added another point with his 6-1, 6-0 decision over Camill Salomon at No. 4.
VCU got on the scoreboard at the No. 5 spot where Argente defeated Calligari 6-2, 6-4. Wennakoski's 6-1, 7-6(8-6) on court No. 2 pulled the Rams within one point at 3-2.
Andrew Carter clinched the match for the Cardinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Dyke at No. 6. Austen Childs, No. 13 in the ITA singles rankings, topped Johannsen 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to close out the match.
"Simon an Robert won quickly in singles, then it took almost an hour before the next point was scored by VCU," said Ecarma. "We were up 3-2 when Andrew (Carter) clinched the match for us. I was happy for Andrew, he really cam through for us today. Robert (Hall) is putting is foot on the gas regarding his singles play and is playing at a high level right now. Simon (Childs) has won three matches in a row, which has helped his confidence. Austen (Childs) continues to do what he has been doing all along - winning big."
The Cardinals (11-10) will face host USF Sunday at noon.
"We have to rehydrate and take our game to a different level tomorrow," said Ecarma. "We're going face a strong USF team on their home court."
Louisville men's tennis results
April 2, 2011 - Tampa, Fla.
No. 33 Louisville 5 - No. 40 VCU 2
1 - #13 Austen Childs (UL) d. Tim Johannsen (VCU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2 - Max Wennakoski (UL) d. #92 Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
3 - #117 Simon Childs (UL) d. Antoine Baroz (VCU) 6-2, 6-2
4 - Robert Hall (UL) d. Camill Salomon (VCU) 6-1, 6-0
5 - Alejandro Argente (VCU) d. Alejandro Calligari (UL) 6-2, 6-4
6 - Andrew Carter (UL) d. Jordan Dyke (VCU) 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 3,4,5,2,6,1
1 - S. Childs/Maksimcuk (UL) d. Johannsen/Baroz (VCU) 8-5
2 - Wennakoski/Filip Svensson (VCU) d. Calligari/Hall (UL) 8-5
3 - A. Childs/ Adam Donaldson (UL) d. Argente/Dyke (VCU) 8-6
Order of finish: 2,1,3