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Men's Tennis Defends BIG EAST Crown with 4-2 Win Over USF

Robert Hall clinched the match and the championship for the Cards.

Robert Hall clinched the match and the championship for the Cards.

April 22, 2012

After a lengthy rain delay, the University of Louisville men's tennis team defended their BIG EAST Tournament crown despite dropping the doubles point, gritting out a 4-2 win over host South Florida Sunday afternoon in Tampa.

The win marks the third straight and fourth overall BIG EAST title for Coach Rex Ecarma's Cardinals and the championship earns U of L the automatic NCAA berth. It will be their ninth NCAA appearance and fourth straight. U of L freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer earned Most Outstanding Player honors en route to the Cards victory.

The Cards had a chance to win doubles with the No. 2 pair of Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Robert Hall winning 9-7 and the No. 1 and No. 3 Cardinal pairs both up mid-set break but USF hung on to win the doubles point.

Down 1-0 going into singles, Albert Wagner put the Cards on the board with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Federico Sabogal at No. 3. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer rolled 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. Michael Lippens put U of L within one point at 3-1, winning 6-4, 6-3 over Juan Carlos Acuna. But USF was not done, as Bulls' Oliver Pramming scrambled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Luis Elizondo to put the score at 3-2. Meanwhile, over at No. 1 singles, Andrew Carter had battled his way into a third set. But before they could finish at the first court, Robert Hall clinched the match and the championship with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ravi Patel.



"We were within one point and that was the perfect set-up for "Mister Clincher" Robert Hall," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "Playing an exciting match and with both legs cramping, he brought the Cardinals their third BIG EAST championship in dramatic fashion. This was his second BIG EAST Tournament clinching moment. A special shoutout to Sebastian for being the tournament's Most Outstanding Player."

LOU 4, USF 2


1. Andrew Carter (UL) vs. Wael Kilani (USF) 2-6, 6-4, 2-1 DNF

2. Sebastian Steifelmeyer def. Yannick Yoshizawa (USF) 6-2, 6-1

3. Albert Wagner (UL) def. Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-2, 6-1

4. Michael Lippens (UL) def. Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard (USF) 6-4, 6-3

5. Robert Hall (UL) def. Ravi Patel (USF) 6-3, 6-4

6. Oliver Pramming (USF) def. Luis Elizondo (UL) 6-1, 6-3


1. Y. Yoshizawa/O. Pramming (USF) def. A. Carter/A. Wagner 9-8 (3)

2. S. Stiefelmeyer/R. Hall def. W.Kilani/F. Sabogal (USF) 9-7

3. L. Marin-Salcedo/G. de Vilchez (USF) def. A. Donaldson/Michael Lippens 8-6

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