May 9, 2012
The 34th ranked University of Louisville men's tennis team will travel to Lexington, Ky., where the Cards will take on No. 26 Indiana in the first round of the NCAA championship Friday at 12:00 p.m. The winner of that match will face the winner of the other first round match which features No. 6 Kentucky and Radford.
"I am proud of our senior class of Robert Hall, Andrew Carter, Adam Donaldson and Sumit Gupta, who are playing in their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "When I recruited them, I told them that my vision was for them to experience this. Indiana is well-coached very experienced and has recently been a power in the Big Ten. We have played them more than any other team in the country. We have great respect for them. Since we both know each other in great detail, it will be a matter of execution. Our starting lineup will be mostly freshmen and I am excited to see how they handle their first NCAA Tournament."
"I hope our fans will take the short drive to Lexington again," said Ecarma. "We had over 300 fans travel last year for this regional. I encourage them to wear black to support our team."
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NCAA Lexington Regional Schedule:
First Round: Friday, May 11 (Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex)
Match 1: #23 Indiana vs. #37 Louisville, 12 p.m. ET
Match 2: #6 Kentucky vs. #75 Radford, 3 p.m. ET
Second Round: Saturday, May 12
Match 3: Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 2 p.m. ET
Tickets for the first and second rounds will go on sale Thursday, May 3. Fans can purchase championship passes and single-day tickets by calling 1-800-928-CATS or in person at the UK ticket office at the Joe Craft Center, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Boone Tennis Complex will open for fans one hour prior to the start of competition. Cash only accepted at the tennis complex. A will call table for fans will be located outside the stadium courts.
Parking Information Visiting teams will be issued a permit to park in the surface lot located adjacent to the Boone Tennis Center Courts. Spectators may park free of charge each day in the Residential R-3 lots located on the north and south sides of the Nutter Training Center. Discounted parking vouchers at $3.00 may be purchased each day for those who park in Parking Structure #7 next to the tennis complex. Vouchers will be available at the admissions tent outside the Boone Tennis Center. Media should also use the R-3 lots.
The No. 34 Cardinals (18-9) are making their fourth straight and ninth overall NCAA appearance under the guidance of 2012 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year Rex Ecarma. They reached the round of 16 in 2010 for the program's best finish.
This will be the second year in a row Louisville has traveled to Lexington for the first and second rounds. In 2011, the No. 24 Cards defeated Cornell 4-0 in the first round and fell 4-3 to the tenth-ranked Wildcats.
The Cardinals captured their third consecutive and fourth overall BIG EAST Conference title with a 4-2 win over South Florida to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Louisville is led by freshman Sebastian Steifelmeyer, who has posted a 16-7 dual match record and was named the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Player in the BIG EAST Tournament, and Michael Lippens, who is the only player to eclipse the 30-match win record(33-8) on the season and has won ten straight matches. In doubles, Robert Hall and Sebastian Steifelmeyer have teamed up to record a team leading 11 dual match victories.
Cards Against the Field
NCAA History: 1-6 in NCAA Regional competition; lost 4-3 to LSU in 2011 NCAA Regional
Current ITA Ranking: 26
Series Record: U of L leads 9-7
Last Meeting: March 28, 2012 in Bloomington, Ind. The No. 45 Cards upset No. 23 Indiana 4-3. Louisville lost the doubles point and rallied from a 2-3 deficit with wins by freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer at No. 2. Freshman Luis Elizondo's three set win at No. 6 clinched the victory.
Scouting the Hoosiers: IU is coming off a 4-1 loss to No. 3 Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament. Prior to the loss, Indiana had won seven straight matches. The Hoosiers are led by junior Josh MacTaggart, who leads the team as the only player with more than 20 dual match wins and is ranked #79 in the ITA Singles rankings, and senior Stephen Vogl, who has the longest current winning streak on the team at four wins. In doubles, Vogl teams up with Will Kendall and the duo leads the team with twenty five wins and an eight match win streak.
NCAA History: 23rd NCAA Appearance; Lost 4-1 to eventual National Champion USC in NCAA Quarterfinals
Current ITA Ranking: 6
Series Record: UK leads 26-0
Last Meeting: May 14, 2011 - UK edged Louisville 4-3 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington.
Scouting the Wildcats: No. 6 Kentucky is coming off a 4-1 loss to No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Tournament Finals. This was the second year in a row that the Wildcats appeared in the SEC Finals. Kentucky has six players ranked in the top 120 in the ITA Singles rankings and two doubles pairs ranked in the top 45 in the ITA Doubles rankings. Senior Eric Quigley leads the Wildcats in singles and doubles. He is ranked #3 in the country in singles with a 33-5 record on the year and teams with Panav Jha in doubles to be ranked #8 with a 10-6 record. Quigley was named the SEC Player of the Year along with Head Coach Dennis Emery being named SEC Coach of the Year. The other ranked singles players include #15 Alex Musialek, #21 Anthony Rossi, #80 Tom Jomby, #112 Panav Jha, and #119 Alejandro Gomez. Rossi and Musialek also team up for doubles and are ranked #45 in the ITA Doubles rankings.
NCAA History: Lost 4-0 to No. 3 Tennessee in NCAA First Round
Current ITA Ranking: 75
Series Record: The teams have not met
Scouting the Highlanders: Radford is coming off a 4-0 win over Presbyterian to claim the 2012 Big South Championship. This was the Highlanders fifth Big South title in six years. Radford is led by sophomore Nicholas Sayer, who is ranked #121 in the ITA Singles rankings and was named the Big South Player of the Year. Sayer has a dual match record of 16-4 and an overall record of 29-10. The Highlanders also had four players named to the all-conference team. Thomas Dehaen teams up with Sayer to lead the team in doubles with a 12-7 dual match record.
Cards in the NCAA (Team)
May 13, #24 Louisvlle 4 - Cornell 0 (at Lexington, Ky.)
Second Round: May 14, #10 Kentucky 4 - #24 Louisville 3 (at Lexington, Ky.)
May 15, #15 Louisville 4 - Eastern Kentucky 1 (at Louisville, Ky.)
Second Round: May 16, #15 Louisville 4 - #23 Virginia Tech 4-1
Round of 16: May 21, #2 Tennessee 4 - #15 Louisville 0
May 8, #21 Louisville 4 - #32 Wisconsin 3 (Champaign, Ill.)
Second Round: May 9, #13 Illinois 4 - #21 Louisville 1
May 12, #27 Louisville 4, #37 SMU 0 (at Louisville, Ky.)
Second Round: - May 13, #8 Illinois 4 - #27 Louisville 0
May 14, #33 Louisville 4 - #32 Notre Dame 1 (at Champaign, Ill.)
Second round: - May 15, #6 Illinois 4 - #33 Louisville 1
May 15, #34 Arizona State 4 - #36 Louisville 3 (at Champaign, Ill.)
May 13, #24 Mississippi State 4 - #39 Louisville 3 (at Waco, Texas)
May 15, Northwestern 4 - Louisville 3 (at South Bend, Ind.)
Three in a Row
On April 22, 2012, the Cards secured their third-straight BIG EAST Championship with a 4-2 victory over host USF. Senior Robert Hall recording the winning point for the Cards for the second time in his career. At the tournament freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was named the Most Outstanding player after recording a 2-0 singles record and 2-1 doubles record with Hall in the tournament.
BIG EAST's Best
Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was named Freshman of the Year by the BIG EAST. He made an immediate impact in the line up with a 16-7 record at the No.1 and 2 positions. Rex Ecarma was tabbed BIG EAST Coach of the Year.This marks the third time Ecarma has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year - he also earned the honor in 2006 and 2010. Senior Andrew Carter and freshman Albert Wagner joined Stiefelmeyer on the 12-player All-BIG EAST Conference team.
Award Winning Freshman
In the fall, freshman Michael Lippens was named the BIG EAST Player of the Month for September. Lippens posted a record of 9-1 in singles and 4-3 in doubles during the month of September. In the spring, fellow freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was name a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week. Stiefelmeyer defeated the #118, #121, and #84 ranked players in singles in the spring.
Accolades for Andrew
Senior Andrew Carter was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on April 9. This followed a dominating performance by Carter on Senior Day at Bass-Rudd. He first defeated Eastern Kentucky's Schroeder 6-3, 7-5, then notched a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the second match of the day over Wright State's Arguello. Carter also earned a win in doubles when he teamed with Albert Wagner to roll over Wright State's Clark and Joblin 8-3 at the top spot.
Michael Lippens led the Cardinals in singles with a 33-8 overall record. He posted a 19-5 dual match record while playing mostly at Nos. 3 and 4.
Tough at Home
The Cards were 11-1 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center this season with their only loss coming to #3 Ohio State. The Cards have started a new undefeated streak which currently stands at 10 .
In the ITA National Rankings
The Cardinals were ranked in the top 45 in the ITA National Team Rankings throughout the entire season. The Cards were ranked as high as #30. In the ITA Singles Rankings, Senior Andrew Carter was ranked at #113 in January. In the ITA Doubles Rankings, the duo of Carter and Stiefelmeyer was ranked #24 in January. The pair of Carter and Wagner was ranked in five straight ITA polls between January and March and as high as #35.
Twice during the season, the Cards upset their opponent. #36 Louisville defeated #29 Minnesota 6-1 at Bass-Rudd in February. Later on in the season, the #45 Cards went on the road and beat #23 Indiana 4-3 in Bloomington at the end of March.
The seniors rose to the occasion on Senior Day, with all four seniors notching multiple victories in the teams' two wins. The duo of Adam Donaldson and Sumit Gupta teamed to post a 2-0 record on the day at No.3 doubles. Andrew Carter and Robert Hall recorded 2-0 singles records and 1-1 doubles records on the day.