Jan. 18, 2012
The University of Louisville men's tennis team will open the 2012 dual match season Thursday when the Cards play host to Xavier at 1 p.m. and Austin Peay at 5 p.m.
"We are all excited about getting the dual match started," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "We have prepared extensively for it and are glad we are playing at Bass-Rudd before we travel for the following three matches. Both Xavier and Austin Peay are teams that will challenge for their conference titles. It will be good to get Michael Lippens back into action."
The 2012 will mark a new era for the University of Louisville's men's tennis team. The Cards return two starters from last season and welcome seven freshmen to the team. After a productive fall, Louisville begins the dual match season at No. 30 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings with the duo of senior Andrew Carter and freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer at No. 24 in the doubles rankings. Carter stands in at No. 113 in the January singles rankings.
The Cards will look to seniors Andrew Carter, Adam Donaldson, Sumit Gupta and Robert Hall to provide leadership for the young team. The class of 2012 has been instrumental in Louisville's tremendous success over the past three years. They are two-time defending BIG EAST Champions and have been to three straight NCAA tournaments.
Carter posted 19 singles wins including 12 dual match victories playing mostly at Nos. 5 and 6 in 2011. He teamed with Simon Childs for a No. 50 doubles ranking. Carter, a three-year starter has compiled singles wins and has reached as high as No. 81 in the ITA singles rankings. In the fall, Carter produced an 8-5 singles record and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional. He also paired with freshman Sebastian Stiefelmiyer for an 8-2 mark in doubles, winning the White 4 division of the UVA Ranked+1 Invite and finishing runner-up in the `B' Flight of the Duke Fab 4.
Donaldson paired with Austen Childs
for an 11-1 dual doubles tally last season. He followed that with five singles wins and six doubles victories, including a runner-up showing in the Louisville Winter Invitational in the fall.
Gupta has combined for over 50 singles and doubles wins throughout his career and is coming off of a 6-5 fall singles record in which he won the `B' division of the Louisville Fall Invitational. He also teamed with freshman Michael Lippens to win Flight `A' of the Ball State Invitational. Gupta recorded another fall doubles title when he and freshman Van Damrongsri combined to win the Louisville Winter Invitational.
Hall enters the 2011-12 season with 72 singles victories and 59 doubles wins. The 2010 All-BIG EAST selection has posted over 20 singles wins in each of his three seasons as a starter and earned BIG EAST Championship Most Valuable Player honors the Cards 2010 title run. He teamed with Alejandro Calligari to reach No. 33 in the 2010 ITA doubles rankings.
Amaury Derognat represents the lone returning sophomore after joining the team in the 2011 spring season. He posted a singles win and picked up four doubles wins. Fellow sophomore Jonathan Kuhn sat out last season after transferring to Louisville.
The Cards will look to the youth and talent of seven freshman including: Ross Nigro, Van Damrongsri Luis Elizondo, Michael Lippens, Chris Simich, Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Albert Wagner.