April 17, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team is set to face Temple in the first round of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday at 1 p.m. (ET) in Memphis.
The Cardinals (20-6) earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will face the No. 6 seeded Temple (11-10) in the teams' first-ever meeting. The winner will advance to face the winner of the matchup between the No. 2 seed USF and seventh-seeded Connecticut in the semifinals on Saturday at 12 p.m.
The Cardinals enter the tournament with a 20-6 overall record and at No. 39 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Louisville is led by junior Michael Lippens who carries a 37-8 overall singles record with a team-best 20-3 mark in dual matches. The duo of Chris Simich and Albert Wagner leads the Cardinals with a 20-5 doubles record.
Lippens stands at second on UofL's single season wins list with 37 - he needs one more to tie the record of 38. Lippens also enters the weekend with an 88-34 overall singles mark and needs two more to enter the career top 10 leaders.
Simich is a member of the 2014 50-win club with 57 combined singles and doubles wins for the season.
Alex Gornet brings a 12-match win streak into the weekend.
The Cardinals finished their tenure in the BIG EAST by winning the conference championship in three of the last four years. They won three straight titles from 2010-12 and finished runner-up in 2013.