April 19, 2012
The University of Louisville men's tennis team will kick off its quest to win another BIG EAST Championship on Friday at 9.a.m. when the Cards face Georgetown in Tampa, Fla. at the 2012 BIG EAST Tennis Championship. The Cardinals have earned the No. 2 seed, while the Hoyas enter as the No. 7 seed.
"We are excited about getting the post season started tomorrow," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "This is the most exciting and fun time of the year and the guys have been practicing well. Our focus is trying to peak at the right time. No one is talking about winning our third BIG EAST title in a row, but increasing our execution percentage and hopefully winning can take care of itself."
The Cards (15-9) enter the match at No. 40 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings. Senior Andrew Carter and freshman Albert Wagner are ranked No.63 in the ITA and lead the Cards in doubles with a 10-6 record. Freshman Michael Lippens leads the team in singles with an overall 30-8 record and 16-5 dual match record. Lippens has also won his last seven matches in a row.
The Hoyas (14-7) enter the match coming off a convincing 5-2 victory over BIG EAST rival Villanova. They have won six of their last seven matches and have posted a 2-1 record in BIG EAST Conference play. Charlie Caris leads the Hoyas in singles after winning his last seven matches in a row and posting a 17-9 overall record.
"We are focused on the best Georgetown team I have seen in many years," said Ecarma. "We want to execute our game plan and the scouting report. Plain and simple."
Louisville and Georgetown have only met once with the Cards picking up a 4-0 win on April 20, 2007. The winner will move on to face the winner of the No. 3 St. John's and No. 6 Marquette on Saturday.