Senior Adam Donaldson
Feb. 3, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - The University of Louisville men's tennis team will play host to Minnesota Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
"Minnesota finished in the top three of the Big Ten last season, returns four starters and has added two top recruits," said Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma. "They are formidable, but we have had good success in the last few years - and we hope it will continue tomorrow. They are well-coached, so we will have to be on top of our game."
U of L (3-3) is currently No. 36 in the ITA team rankings. Senior Andrew Carter stands in at No. 113 in singles and pairs with freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer at No. 24 in the doubles rankings. The Cards are coming off of a 5-2 loss at No. 31 Michigan State Thursday evening.
Freshman Michael Lippens leads the team with a 16-5 overall singles record and is 3-1 in dual matches. Albert Wagner follows closely with a 15-5 overall mark and is 4-1 in the 2012 dual season. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer stands at third on the team with a 14-4 record and carries a perfect 5-0 mark in dual matches.
No. 29 Minnesota brings a 1-2 record into Saturday's match. The Golden Gophers opened the season with a 7-0 victory, but suffered losses to No. 27 San Diego State and LSU in the ITA National KickOff Weekend. The Golden Gophers are led by Leandro Toledo, who is No. 118 in ITA singles rankings and boast two ranked doubles teams: No. 50 Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn and No. 55 Toledo and Phillip Arndt.
The Cards have a 31 match unbeaten streak at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center dating back to a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame on April 11, 2009. They are 2-0 in the 2012 season and compiled an 11-0 home record in 2011. The Cardinals were also perfect at home during the 2010 season, going 12-0.