Feb. 4, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team will play host to No. 36 North Carolina Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Free pizza will be available for fans in attendance and there will be a t-shirt giveaway to the loudest fans. Admission is free.
"We are excited to host the Tar Heels at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center for the first time ever," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "They are a storied program and with a great coaching staff. They also have a revenge factor since we upset them in Chapel Hill last season. When we played in Chapel Hill last year they did a special match promotional which packed their tennis center. It was actually enjoyable for us since it enhanced the energy of the match. We hope our fans can pack Bass-Rudd out in return."
The Cardinals enter Wednesday's match with a 5-1 overall record and stand at No. 49 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings. Last week, Louisville rebounded from its first loss of the season with a double header sweep of Toledo and Tennessee Tech, beating both teams 6-1.
"The doubleheader win for us last week was good because it was not a perfect win," said Ecarma. "We saw some wrinkles we need to iron out before this match which we have been working on."
Junior Michael Lippens carries a team-best 22-5 overall singles record and is currently riding a 10-match win streak. Juniors Van Damrongsri, Luis Elizondo and Chris Simich stand atop the doubles leaders with 15 victories apiece.
Following Wednesday's match, the Cards will be back in action on Feb. 15 when they travel to Nebraska.
Cards against the opponent
Series record: Tied 1-1
Last meeting: Feb. 2, 2013 - Louisville won 4-2 in Chapel Hill
Scouting the Tar Heels: North Carolina enters the match with a 6-1 overall record and stand at No. 28 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings. The Tar Heels won their first five matches of the season before suffering a 4-2 loss to then-No. 17 Duke in the finals of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. UNC rebounded from that setback by upsetting No. 19 Illinois 5-2 on Sunday. North Carolina boasts two singles players in the ITA rankings: Ronnie Schneider is No. 17 while Brett Clark is No. 36. The Tar Heels also have a pair of doubles teams in the nation's top 50. Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen stand in at No. 29 while Oyestein Steiro and Nelson Vick hold down the No. 50 spot.