April 29, 2014
The University of Louisville men's tennis team will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 9 at 10 a.m.
Host Ohio State is the overall No. 3 seed and will play Bryant (18-10) in the other first round match. The winners will meet on May 10 at 12 p.m., for a spot in the NCAA round of 16 which will be held in Athens, Ga., May 15-20.
"We are happy to be in our fifth NCAA Tournament in six seasons," said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. "I think the selections committee rewarded us for winning 21 matches and our wins against Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Michigan, Indiana, VCU, Nebraska and Michigan State. Our team is healthy and most of our starters played in the 2012 NCAAs. We are in a very tough bracket, but none of them are easy. I want to thank the players, coaching staff, intern, volunteers, support staff and fans for a very good regular season. We hope to bring a lot of fans to Columbus."
The 37th ranked University of Louisville men's tennis team (21-7) is making its tenth overall NCAA tournament appearance and fifth in the last six years. They reached the round of 16 in 2010 for the program's best finish.
The first round matchup with the Demon Deacons features a rematch from earlier this season when then-No. 20 Wake Forest defeated the Cardinals 5-2 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. It will also be a preview for when Louisville joins the ACC next season.
The Cardinals earned an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA team tournament after earning a No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference and advancing to the semifinals of the league championship where they fell 4-1 to eventual champion USF.
Junior Sebastian Stiefelmeyer is the Cardinals' top-seeded player, carrying a 23-16 overall record with an 11-7 mark at No. 1 singles. Junior Albert Wager holds a 9-7 mark at the two-spot and is 23-14 overall. Junior Michael Lippens has registered a team-best 38-9 overall singles record and is 21-4 in dual matches playing mostly at No. 6.
The junior duo of Albert Wagner and Chris Simich has compiled a 21-16 overall record and is 15-5 in dual matches, playing mostly at No. 2.
Rex Ecarma is in his 24th season as the Louisville's head coach. He has led the program to a 384-256 overall record, five conference championships and 10 NCAA regional appearances including four regional finals.
2014 Columbus Regional Schedule:
First Round: Friday, May 9
Match 1: Louisville (21-6) vs. Wake Forest (14-13) - 10 a.m.
Match 2: Ohio State (30-3) vs. Bryant (19-10)
Second Round: Saturday, May 10
Match 3: Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2 - 12 p.m.