May 8, 2014
The University of Louisville men's tennis team will travel to Columbus 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.
2014 Columbus Regional Schedule:
Match 1: Louisville (21-7) 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.
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Cardinal Quick Hits
The 34th 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 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.
Seven players have recorded 20 or more singles wins on the season with Chris Simich reaching the 30-win mark and Michael Lippens leading the way with a school-record 38 victories. The duo of Simich and Albert Wagner has compiled a 21-6 doubles record.
Cards against the field
Louisville vs. Wake Forest
May 9, 2014 - 10 a.m.
Series record: Wake Forest leads 7-2
Last meeting: Feb. 23, 2014 - Wake Forest won 5-2 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
Recap: The Demon Deacons took the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. Michael Lippens and Albert Wagner notched singles wins, but Aws Laaribi, Romain Bogaerts, Jon Ho and Maksim Kan gave Wake the win.
Scouting the Demon Deacons: No. 32 Wake Forest enters the matchup with a 14-13 overall record. It received an at-large bid to enter the NCAA tournament after falling 4-3 against No.40 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship on April 24 in Cary, NC. No. 29 sophomore Romaine Bogaerts has led the Demon Deacons at the No. 1 singles position all season with 15 wins, including 10 wins against nationally ranked opponents. He sports a 24-10 overall singles record and has been selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship at the end of May, his second appearance in the tournament. No. 94 Adam Lee carries an overall record of 18-15, including a 10-9 record at No. 2 singles. No. 110 Maksim Kan has held down the No. 3 position with a 12-4 record. He is 24-11 overall. In doubles play, Pedro Dumont and Jonathan Ho stand at No. 50 while Adam Lee and Pedro Dumonat are No. 54.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 12-1
Last meeting: Jan. 26, 2014 - No. 5 Ohio State won 4-1 in the second round of the ITA Kick-Off in Columbus
Recap: Ohio State took the doubles point and Kevin Metka gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead before Louisville's Alex Gornet pulled the Cardinals within a point. Chris Diaz and Herkko Pollanen sealed the match for OSU.
Scouting the Buckeyes: No. 3 Ohio State (30-3) enters the NCAA tournament after winning its eighth Big Ten Championship in nine years against No 12 Illinois. The Buckeyes boast a 10-2 record against nationally ranked schools. No. 11 Peter Kobelt holds a 28-9 overall record, including a 21-5 record in dual play. He is a three-time first team All-Big Ten player and was named the 2014 Most Outstanding Player at the ITA Team Indoor Championships this past February. No. 101 Ralf Steinbach enters with a 24-4 overall record and a 2-0 record against nationally ranked players. Closing out singles is No. 109 Herkko Pollanen. OSU has two nationally ranked doubles teams: No. 3 Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka are 27-6 overall, No. 24 Peter Kobelt and Ralf Steinbach are 9-1.
Series Record: Teams have not met
Scouting the Bulldogs: Bryant University (18-10) enters NCAA tournament play after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson 4-3 in the Northeast Conference Championship on April 26. This is the Bulldog's second season of Division I postseason eligibility. The team is led in singles play by Oliver Welsh with a 21-12 record including 17-9 in dual play. Also leading the Bulldogs is Dana Parziale with a 25-13 record and 14-10 in dual play. In doubles action, Ernesto Arguello and Dana Parziale carry the Bulldogs with a 14-4 overall record.
Stiefelmeyer, Simich and Wagner Earn All-Conference honors
The University of Louisville's Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was selected to the All-American Athletic Conference singles team while Chris Simich and Albert Wagner earned All-Conference doubles team honors.
Stiefelmeyer, a junior from Vienna, Austria, earned his third all-conference nod after being named to the All-BIG EAST teams his freshman and sophomore seasons. The Cardinals' top-seeded player carries a 23-16 overall record with an 11-7 mark at No. 1 singles.
Juniors Simich (Auckland, New Zealand) and Wagner, (Amberg, Germany) have compiled a 21-16 overall doubles record and are 15-5 playing mostly at No. 2. Wagner is making his third all-conference team appearance. He was also selected to the All-BIG EAST teams in 2012 and 2013.
Cardinals Climbing the Record Books
Lippens ties singles wins mark
On April 18, Michael Lippens picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win in the Cards' 4-0 American Athletic Conference quarterfinal victory over Temple. With the win, he tied Louisville's single season record for with with 38. The mark has stood since the 1992 season when Andy Schrecker first accomplished the feat.
Simich and Wagner move up doubles list
American Athletic All conference team members Chris Simich and Albert Wagner have moved up on Louisville's single season doubles wins list. With 30 doubles wins on the season.
Simich surpassed Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari's mark of 29 to tie for fourth with Brendan Burke's mark. He needs one more to move into a four-way tie for second with Austen Childs (twice) and Calligari.
Wagner has 28 doubles victories on the season, tying with several players for the seventh-ranked spot in Louisville's record book.