March 14, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team will play host to Michigan State Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Admission is free.
The Cardinals enter the match with a 12-4 record and ranked No. 32 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings. Louisville has won its last four matches, defeating Illinois State, Chicago State and Arizona all by scores of 7-0 and most recently beating Indiana 5-2 in Bloomington on Thursday.
Junior Michael Lippens carries a team-best 29-6 overall singles record and is 17-5 in dual matches. He is currently on a six match win streak and has won 17 of his last 18 singles matches. Chris Simich and Van Damrongsri each lead the team with 20 doubles wins.
Junior Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was named the American Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week on March 11. Stiefelmeyer led the Cardinals to three 7-0 victories on the week, as Louisville defeated Illinois State, Chicago State, and Arizona. The junior recorded three singles wins, playing at each of the top two spots, and also added two doubles victories. He improved to 17-13 in singles and 18-9 in doubles on the year.
Louisville Michigan State
Series Record: Louisville leads 4-3
Last Meeting: March 20, 2005 - Louisville won 5-2 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
Scouting the Spartans: Michigan State enters the match with a 6-7 overall record, coming off of a a 6-1 win over Western Michigan. Brett Forman leads the team with a 14-5 overall singles record and an 9-1 mark in dual matches playing mostly at Nos. 4 and 5. The duo of Drew Lied and John Patrick Mullane have compiled a 7-5 doubles record and are 6-3 in dual matches.
Following today's match, the Cards will travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on March 20.