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Tennis: women defeat Cincinnati,men fall to UC

By Dalton Ray

The number 28 North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the University of Louisville men’s tennis team by a score of 4-1 Wednesday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cards had early momentum in the match but couldn’t close out and take advantage of the opportunities. They now have an overall record of 5-2.

UNC’s Brett Clark and Brayden Schnur would take an early doubles match with a score of 6-5. Albert Wagner and Chris Simich gave the Cardinals an early edge with a 6-3 win in the two spot. The Cards would take early leads in two matches but could not capitalize. Even with 4-3 and 3-1 leads in each match the Tar Heels would prevail 6-4 and 6-5.

U of L’s Michael Lippens took a win in singles 6-4, 6-0 against Johan Skattum. The Tar Heels would take a 2-1 lead with the next singles match. UNC’s Nelson Vick added to the lead with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Luiz Elizondo on court four. 17th ranked Ronnie Schneider edged U of L’s Wagner 6-5, 6-3.

Chris Simich won his first match 6-4 but fell 4-5 in the second. Alex Gornet lost 6-5 in the first match and was tied 2-2 in the second when the match was suspended. The Cardinals will be in Lincoln next Saturday facing Nebraska.

The University of Louisville women’s tennis team won five of six singles matches to beat visiting Evansville 6-1 Saturday afternoon. The Lady Cards are now 4-2 on the season.

In doubles, the pair of Cassie Pough and Olivia Boesing won 6-1 over Andjela Brguljan and Marina Moreno for the first win. Manuela Velasquez and Elle Stokes won 6-2 over Marketa Trousilova and Mina Milovic. The number two ranked doubles pair of Rebecca Shine and Julia Fellerhoff outlasted Natasha James and Kelsey Costales for a 6-3 win.

Shine won the first point in singles at beating James 6-2, 6-0. The next point came from Stokes winning 6-3, 6-2 over Brguljan. Freshman Olivia Boesing clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kesley Costales. U of L’s Becky Bodine created more space for the Cards with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Mina Milovic. Fellerhoff fought off Trousilova 6-4, 6-4 for the win and sealed the final Cardinal point.

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Men’s tennis defeats Murray and Morehead State

By Dalton Ray

The University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated visitors Morehead and Murray State this past weekend. The season-opening doubleheader were both won by a 7-0 mark by the hometown Cards at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on Friday.

The Cards opened the day against Morehead State by sweeping all three doubles matches. The junior duo of Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri defeated Jack Swindells and Ji Hoon Heo 6-2. Junior Chris Simich and freshman Eric Bonfre followed with a 6-1 victory over Nick Mercer and Gabriel Ruiz to seal the match’s first point for U of L. Junior Luis Elizondo and sophomore Jeffrey Brown teamed up to defeat David Clifford and Giovanni Samaha 6-4 to round out doubles.

Singles action saw Elizondo beat Heo 6-0, 6-0 and junior Michael Lippens defeat Mercer 6-1, 6-0. Stiefelmeyer, 6-1, 6-3, Damrongsri, 6-4, 6-2, Simich, 6-0, 6-4, and Brown, 6-1, 6-4, would all add victories in singles as well.

Against Murray in the second half of the doubleheader the Stiefelmeyer, Damrongsri and Bonfre, Simich duos would stay undefeated, as they both would win 6-0. Adam Taylor and Max McLean were the first duo to fall for the Racers followed by David Hess and Mateo Barroetavena. Chris Simich and Amaury Derognat capped the doubles sweep by defeating Aleks Mitric and Nicholas Mitric 6-1.

The Cards would win all six matches in straight sets in singles. Stiefelmeyer, 6-0, 6-1, Damrongsri, 6-1, 6-4, Simich, 6-2, 6-0, Elizondo, 6-0, 6-0, Lippens, 6-0, 6-0, and Brown (6-3, 6-2) once again would all pick up wins.

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Sports Briefs 4.10.12

Football

- The University of Louisville football team hosted its final scrimmage leading up to the Red and White game on Saturday, Apr. 14 at 1 p.m.
- The rigorous scrimmage lasted two hours in preparation of Saturday’s game.

Men’s Tennis

- Men’s tennis faced a double-header on Thursday, Apr. 5.
- The team first played Eastern Kentucky University at home, winning 6-1.
- Later that day, they faced Wright State. U of L shut out the opposition with a 7-0
victory.

Women’s Tennis

- U of L women’s tennis faced Marshall on Friday, Apr. 6 at home.
-The team earned a 4-3 victory.
- The team also played Tulsa on Sunday, Apr. 8, falling short 7-0.

Women’s Golf

-The women’s golf team competed in the Bryan National Collegiate tournament this weekend.
- Held in Brown Summit, North Carolina, the tournament lasted all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Men’s tennis grabs back-to-back in-state victories

By Sammie Hill–

Improving this season’s record to 12-8, the University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated both Murray State University and Morehead State University 7-0 on Wednesday, March 21. These matches, played consecutively at home, demanded endurance and expertise from the Cardinals, who not only rose to the challenge, but also exceeded expectations.

“I’m really proud of the team,” head coach Rex Ecarma said. “To really dominate like that is a big deal.”

Sumit Gupta (above) and Van Damrongsri teamed up to win their doubles match over Morehead State.

These matches followed several tough losses on the road against University of Washington, University of Tulsa, Texas Tech University and University of Oklahoma.

“We learned a lot from our road losses,” Ecarma said. “We realized that it’s tough to play defense the whole match and win against a good team.”

With this knowledge, the team decided to adjust their game and approach Wednesday’s matches with an offensive mindset. This strategy produced positive results; after facing Murray State with intensity and focus, the Cardinals earned a 7-0 victory. To Rex Ecarma, the performances of several players stood out in particular.

“Robert [Hall] had a great match at 6-0 6-0,” he said. “Albert [Wagner] continued his offensive tennis, and [Michael] Lippens looked really good. Almost every single match, the guys really stuck with the game, being aggressive and trying to really control the match.”

Louisville carried the momentum they accumulated against Murray into the proceeding match versus Morehead State. Solidifying a sweep of the doubleheader, U of L maintained their offensive approach and defeated their opponent 7-0.
“Sometimes I’m concerned playing a second match,” Ecarma said, “but I feel like it’s a really good test for the players. I also got to sub out some players and put in some new faces. It was great to see Sumit Gupta and Van Damrongsri in the lineup. They looked really good.”

The ability to play two matches in one day against Division I teams exemplifies the stamina and strength of the Cards. The team did not settle for merely competing in these games; they set out to dominate, and they succeeded.
“When you look at the day as a whole, we won all 18 courts, and the guys played really fresh. No one looked tired,” Ecarma said.

The University of Louisville men’s tennis team will face Indiana University on Wednesday, March 28. The team hopes that the confidence they gained in this week’s doubleheader victory will persist into next week’s match, which will take place in Bloomington, Ind. at 3 p.m.

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Men’s tennis team defeats Northwestern University

By Sammie Hill–

The men’s tennis team defeated Northwestern University 5-2 on Wednesday, Feb. 29. This victory marks the fifth consecutive win for the Cardinals, who now stand at 9-4 on the season.
Pleased with the outcome of the game, U of L head coach Rex Ecarma particularly praised the performance of senior Andrew Carter.
“Andrew Carter was simply amazing today,” he asserted, “beating, in my opinion, their best player 6-0, 6-0.”
The men’s tennis team will face Texas Tech on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Lubbock, TX.

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Men’s tennis dominates Belmont 6-1 in Saturday’s match

By Ryan Martin–

Men’s tennis dominated Belmont and Tennessee Tech in back-to-back 6-1 matches Saturday at the Bass Rudd Center.

Overall, the match against Belmont went pretty smoothly for the Cards, as the team completely swept the doubles round of the match.

Senior Andrew Carter and freshman Albert Wagner defeated the Belmont duo of Renado Aton and Rafael Matos 8-5. U of L’s Robert Hall and Sebastian Stiefelmeyer defeated Rodrigo Amaral and Fernando Mussolini 8-2. And freshman Van Damrongsri and sophomore Amaury Derogant defeated Enrique Norbiato and Bruno Silvia 8-4.

Senior Andrew Carter teams with freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer in doubles; the ITA ranks the pair at No. 24.

The singles round wasn’t a sweep, but it was close. The only player on the Cardinals who suffered a defeat was Andrew Carter.

Senior Robert Hall, the MVP of the match, won his first set in an effortless performance beating out Belmont’s Bruno Silva 6-0.

However, the second set did not go that easy for Hall. At one point during the game, Silva was up 4-1. But Hall managed to make a comeback and win 6-4.

“I was pretty concerned when I was down,” says Hall. “I did not want to have to play a third set, and I knew this was crucial in getting a quick win for the team.”

Head coach Rex Ecarma was pretty concerned during this time as well, comparing Hall’s situation to that of a team playing a great first half but a sloppy second half.

“I felt that he might have burned off a little bit of energy to win the first set decisively and really let down,” Ecarma stated. “But once he gathered himself up and started playing a cleaner game and got us that 2-0 lead pretty quickly.”

Ecarma went on to say playing a softer second set was never Hall’s style, describing him as “pretty methodized.”

“I was very surprised to see [Hall] get down 4-1, that’s something you’ll never see him do,” he said.

As expected, the team was pretty satisfied with its effort against Belmont.

“We had an extra two days of training before the match, which helps us play more aggressive rather than defensive and waiting for the opponent to mess up,” Hall said.

When discussing the outcome of this match, Hall went on to state that he very much expected the team to come out ahead.

“We expect ourselves to do well to do well just about every week,” he said. “There is so much talent and capability on this team and I think we have the ability to dominate almost every team in the country.”

French native sophomore Amaury Derogant went on to discuss the importance of freshman participation in these matches.

“It’s so good to see these freshman playing well,” he said. “It’s a new generation for the team, so it is important that they are able to learn the system.”

The team went on to mirror that performance against Tennessee Tech, winning 6-1.

Their next match will be against Wake Forest on Feb. 25 at the Bass Rudd Center.

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Men’s Tennis defeats Minnesota to continue a 32-match winning streak at home

By Gabi Duncan–

After losing three consecutive matches on the road to Washington, VCU and Michigan, the University of Louisville men’s tennis team rebounded on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 4, with a 6-1 victory over Minnesota at home. The Cards improved their season record to 4-3 and their match win-streak at home to 32.

“I’m really proud of the guys,” said head coach Rex Ecarma. “We’re very hopeful about this team because individually, they really believe in themselves.”

The Cards started out slow, going down 0-1 after losing a close doubles point. The No. 3 pair of freshmen Van Damrongsri and Lui Elizondo fell 8-3 to a tough Minnesota team. Senior Robert Hall and freshman Sebastian Stiefelmeyer lost a hard-fought match 9-7 at No. 1 to give the Golden Gophers their lone point. The No. 2 pair of senior Andrew Carter and freshman Albert Wagner won their match 8-5 to finish out the doubles.

“The match today was a rollercoaster ride of emotion. We had three match points at No. 1 in doubles, and we let it slip away,” said Ecarma. “We lost a tough doubles point but then were able to win six singles matches in a row.”

After dropping doubles, the Cards quickly turned things around in singles. Albert Wagner made quick work at No. 4, with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Minnesota’s Julien Dehn. Robert Hall followed, defeating Minnesota’s Jack Hamburg 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6. Andrew Carter closed out his match decisively 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot over Phillip Arndt. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer clinched the win for the Cards with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Minnesota’s No. 118 Leandro Toledo. Freshman Michael Lippens defeated Rok Bonin at the No. 3 spot in a grueling match 7-6, 5-7, 10-8, and freshman Chris Simich finished out the match with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 win over Michael Sicora.

“I think Andrew Carter and Albert Wagner were the keys to the win today,” said Ecarma. “They put the team on their back in doubles and singles. They not only tied it up, but they switched the momentum around to our side.”

The Cards face a tough challenge when they take on No. 3 ranked Ohio State at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center this Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. But, it appears they are prepared for the challenge.
“We’re going to need to stay focused and compete for every point,” said senior Andrew Carter. “It will be a battle, but we have to be ready for it and embrace it.”

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New class of seniors hope to replicate Fabulous Four’s success

By Gabi Duncan–

The University of Louisville men’s tennis program has had some of the best results in the country in the past four years. They have proven themselves to be the top team in the Big East, winning the championship back-to-back in 2010 and 2011. They have had three NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances. They have also been consistently ranked as one of the top 30 teams in the country, with the highest ranking in school history of 10.

Most of these stellar accomplishments were achieved with the help of the recent graduating class: Austen Childs, Simon Childs, Viktor Maksimcuk and Alejandro Calligari. Dubbed the Fabulous Four by head coach Rex Ecarma, these four men helped U of L gain national recognition for tennis. Now that the Fabulous Four’s careers are finished, the team must continue on its quest for greatness.

Ecarma believes his team will remain on the right path. The current senior class, called the Fire Department, has the reins now and is more than prepared to lead.

“They’re going to be our mental leaders and keep everybody mentally tough because they do have more experience than anyone else,” said Ecarma. “Hopefully they become the leaders I think that they can be, on and off the court, and leave a legacy that people will remember for a very long time.”

The Fire Department’s leadership will be crucial this season since they have six freshmen, recruited to replace the Fab Four and help the team remain at an elite level.

“I’ve really loved training with the guys. It’s a lot of fun,” said freshman Michael Lippens. “I’m excited for season and hope to remain undefeated, as a team and individually, at home.”

The freshman class, named the New Generation by Ecarma, was ranked as the No. 16 recruiting class in the country and has a lot of talent to contribute.

“All of them are pretty hungry to prove something and I think they’re going to help the team both in singles and doubles because they’re going to fight for every match,” said senior, Sumit Gupta.

Since they are a relatively young team, their success this season will rest on their determination and resiliency. But, they have put in the time and effort that is necessary to become great.

“This team is the hardest working team that I’ve ever coached in 22 years,” said Ecarma. “They’ve just set such a standard for work ethic and commitment to getting better.”

There is no doubt that men’s tennis is primed and ready to prove themselves again as one of the best in the country. But it is especially bittersweet for the seniors, who will be hanging up their rackets at the end of the season.
“I want to win every match I play and I want to give it my best and hopefully my senior can walk away with another Big East championship and Sweet 16 NCAA appearance,” said Gupta.

The Cards are currently 2-0 with wins over Xavier and Austin Peay.

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