March 19, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team will travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech Thursday at 7 p.m. (EDT).
"Lubbock is a tough place to play for several reasons," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "We will compensate by focusing on our individual strengths and game plan and do our best to execute. Our entire lineup is looking stronger so we hope to do well in our third trip out West in three weeks."
The Cardinals (13-4) enter the match ranked No. 26 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)and on a five-match winning streak dating back to March 7. Most recently, Louisville defeated Michigan State 7-0 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on March 15.
Junior Michael Lippens carries a team-best 30-6 overall singles record and is 13-1 in dual matches playing mostly at No. 6. Juniors Chris Simich and Van Damrongsri have compiled 21 doubles with Damrongsri posting 10 dual match victories.
Stiefelmeyer Named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week
Junior Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was named American Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week on March 18 marking the second consecutive week he has earned the league honor.
Louisville vs. Texas Tech
Series Record: Texas Tech leads 4-2 Last Meeting: March 30, 2013 - Texas Tech won 7-0 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
Scouting the Red Raiders: Texas Tech enters the match with a 15-11 overall record and No. 37 in the ITA team rankings. Hugo Dojas stands in at No. 101 in the national singles rankings. The Red Raiders are coming off of a 4-2 win over Indiana and is currently on a four-match winning streak.
Following Thursday's match, the Cardinals will return to action on March 23 when they play host to Middle Tennessee State at 1 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Free pizza will be available at 2:30 and, in conjunction with ITA Campus Kids Day, the team will hold a free youth tennis clinic for children in the eighth grade and below.