No. 30 Men's Tennis Plays Host to Northwestern

 
Chris Simich

Chris Simich

Feb. 28, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 30 University of Louisville men's tennis team will close out a seven-match homestand against Northwestern on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

"Northwestern is a team that is playing very well right now," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "We have won the last few matches against them, so I know they will be fired up against us. They are deep and have defeated Alabama and New Mexico already. We plan to compete very hard."

The Cardinals (8-4) are coming off of a 4-3 win over No. 41 Wake Forest on Saturday. Louisville opened the match by taking the doubles point: Andrew Carter and Albert Wagner picked up a win at No.1 while Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Robert Hall clinched the point at the three spot. Steifelmeyer and Chris Simich registered singles points at Nos. 1 and 5 respectively and Wagner clinched the win on court four. Louisville has a 7-1 record at the BRTC this season.

Freshman Michael Lippens has compiled a team-best 21-6 overall record and is 8-3 in dual matches, playing mostly at Nos. 2 and 3. Senior Andrew Carter and freshman Albert Wagner have combined for a 6-0 doubles record and are No. 35 in the ITA doubles rankings.

No. 49 Northwestern (7-3) is coming off of a 7-0 home loss to No. 48 North Carolina State. U of L owns a 4-3 edge in the series between the teams with the Cardinals winning the last four meetings, most recently, a 5-2 decision on March 7, 2010 at Northwestern on Feb. 25.

 

 

Louisville is currently No. 30 in the ITA team rankings. Senior Andrew Carter and freshman Albert Wagner are No. 34 in the ITA doubles rankings.

Following Wednesday's match, the Cardinals will hit the road to face No. 24 Washington and No. 33 Tulsa in Seattle.

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