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