April 10, 2010
The 16th ranked University of Louisville men's tennis team defeated BIG EAST opponent Notre Dame 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Courtney Tennis Center. Louisville improves to 17-5, while Notre Dame drops to 11-11 on the season.
"This was our first ever win in South Bend," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "I feel it is significant because of the legacy of great tennis played here. This obviously locks up the top seed in the conference tournament for us and hopefully will help our national ranking. I am especially proud of the 'Fabulous Four:' Austen Childs, Simon Childs, Alejandro Calligari and Viktor Maksimcuk. They used their experience to have and impressive performance."
Louisville jumped out to a 1-0 lead after earning wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. At second doubles, Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk put the Cardinals up 1-0 by defeating Tyler Davis and Niall Fitzgerald 8-3. Childs and Maksimcuk fell behind early, but won the next seven games to win the match. The 25th-ranked duo of Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari clinched the doubles point by downing Stephen Havens and Casey Watt at No. 1 doubles, 8-2. At No. 3 doubles the Irish team of David Anderson and Daniel Stahl defeated Louisville's Sumit-Prakash Gupta and Robert Hall 8-5.
The Cards took a 2-0 lead when Simon Childs downed Stahl at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-3. Calligari bested Anderson 6-1, 6-3 at the four-spot to increase the lead to 3-0.
With the remaining four matches still close, Maksimcuk clinched the victory for Louisville by edging Havens at No. 2 singles. Maksimcuk took the first set 6-3. Havens then rebounded to take a 2-1 lead in the second set and built his lead up to 5-3. But Maksimcuk won the next two games to tie it at 5-5 and he eventually won the set 7-6 (7-3) to secure the overall win for Louisville. No. 30 Austen Childs
topped No. 29 Casey Watt 6-3, 7-5 at the top seed for the Cards' fifth point in the match.
Notre Dame got on the scoreboard on the court five where Samuel Keeton edged Hall 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3. At No. 6 singles, Blas Moros wrapped things up with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Andrew Carter.
U of L goes back on the road to face Indiana on April 14.
Louisville vs. Notre Dame
Apr 10, 2010 at NOTRE DAME, Ind.
#16 Louisville 5, #36 Notre Dame 2
1. #30 Austen Childs (UL) def. #29 Casey Watt (ND) 6-3, 7-5
2. Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. Stephen Havens (ND) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
3. Simon Childs (UL) def. #91 Daniel Stahl (ND) 6-0, 6-3
4. Alejandro Calligari (UL) def. David Anderson (ND) 6-1, 6-3
5. Samuel Keeton (ND) def. Robert Hall (UL) 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3
6. Blas Moros (ND) def. Andrew Carter (UL) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
1. #25 Simon Childs/Alejandro Calligari (UL) def. Stephen Havens/Casey Watt (ND) 8-2
2. Austen Childs/Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. Niall Fitzgerald/Tyler Davis (ND) 8-3
3. David Anderson/Daniel Stahl (ND) def. Sumit-Prakash Gupta/Robert Hall (UL) 8-5
Louisville 17-5; National ranking #16
Notre Dame 11-11; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,2,1,5,6)
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