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Win Over Toledo

Men’s Tennis improves to 5-1 with double-header victory

The University of Louisville’s Men’s Tennis team ends the month of January competition with a 5-1 record. Their lone loss coming to the nations number five program Ohio State.

This past Thursday the Cards spent their day in the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in a double-header dual with visitors Toledo and Tennessee Tech. The Cards defeated both schools 6-1, 6-1. It was their first competition since suffering their first loss of the season at OSU.

Despite the loss at Ohio State the Cardinals were given an opportunity to gauge themselves against one of the nation’s top teams.

“I think at Ohio State we learned about ourselves. They were still better than us, but the difference isn’t as big as what the rankings, us at 47 and them at five, suggest,” junior Sebastion Stiefelmeyer said.  

In the 1 PM match against Toledo, the Cards dropped the first point of the day losing two out of three doubles matches. They righted the ship in singles winning outright, 6-0.

“I think they felt like this would be an easy day, but I told them that these were two very good teams in Toledo and Tennessee Tech,” Men’s Tennis Head Coach Rex Ecarma said. “Once you are in a dual match season you don’t take anyone for granted. I feel like this team took Toledo way too lightly. Sometimes you make a mistake like that and it’s a quick loss, not a 6-1 win.”

The Cardinals then played host to Tennessee Tech at 6 pm. They won two out of three in doubles to earn the first point of the match, then went 5-1 in singles play to finish off the Golden Eagles.

“In singles we are very deep especially compared to last year. The singles are performing exactly at the point where we want to be, of course, everybody still has room for improvement,” Stiefelmeyer said. “But the season is going to be long so if we continue to improve from this point it’s going to be a great season.”

Stiefelmeyer is the one seed singles player and is in the one seed doubles team, with fellow junior Albert Wagner. They were one of the two doubles teams to fall to Toledo in the first match.

“Doubles, unfortunately we are not where we want to be. Losing too many doubles points, there is too much insecurity,” Stiefelmeyer said. “So there is definitely room for improvement.”

The Cards compete next Wednesday, 2:30 pm at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

 

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Louisville sports recap

 

By Annie Moore and Dalton Ray

Men’s soccer

The Louisville men’s soccer team enters in the 2013 season as one of three fall sports

clubs ranked in the top 25 entering the season at #10. Despite the loss of number one overall

MLS draft choice Andrew Farrell, the Cardinals return key players such as senior forward Zach

Foxhoven, junior mid-fielder Will Vitalis, and sophomore mid-fielder Marlon Hairston along

with a plethora of new talented contributors.

After a 1-0-2 record in exhibition games against Lindsey Wilson, Michigan, and #19

Northwestern, Ken Lolla’s squad was set to face off against #20 Virginia. The Cardinals

prevailed 2-1 against the Cavaliers with goals by senior Jimmy Ockford and sophomore Ricardo

Velazco. The game winning header put in by Ockford in the 63rd minute came off the foot of

freshman Andrew Brody who earned an assist in his first collegiate game. The defense held off

the UVA attack for the final 27 minutes to seal the win.

Velazeco earned AAC Player of the Week with a goal and assist in the top 25 showdown

against Virginia. Next on the slate for the newly ranked #7 Cards was the home opener against

Cleveland State. After a slow start the Cardinals were able to pull away from the Vikings in the

second half. Redshirt junior Daniel Keller and sophomore Jerry Rameriz propelled U of L with

goals off assists by Romilio Hernandez on a free kick and Andrew Brody’s second assist of the

year.

The seventh-ranked Louisville Cardinals men’s soccer team lost to Butler University 1-0

Saturday night. Louisville was looking for its best start to a season since 2009, but instead

dropped to an overall record of 2-1-0 on the season.

The lone goal of the game came from Butler first-year forward Anthony Smith Jr. In the

final minutes of the first half, Smith played a long cross from second-year midfielder into the left

side of the box and scored on the inside the near post with just 1:02 left before the half.

Cardinal goalkeeper Joachim Ball dropped his first game in three starts, but finished with

four saves. For the Bulldogs, third-year GK Andy Holte finished with a shutout in his first start

of the season.

“There are a lot of lessons from the game. Butler is a good opponent and we just didn’t

play well enough tonight,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. “We weren’t sharp. Our

pressure wasn’t good enough tonight and the effort needed to be better. That’s the lesson and the

message to the guys tonight. We have a week to prepare and get it right for the next one on

Friday night.”

Louisville continues its four-game home stand with a match against UC Irvine. The

Cardinals will face the Anteaters Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.

Men’s Golf

Expectations for the 2013 U of L men’s golf are very high as head coach Mark Crabtree

returns multiple talented golfers from his previous squad. The first tournament of the year was

Northern Intercollegiate in Aurora, Illinois. The Cardinals brought in six golfers with Max Walz,

Antoine Le Saux, Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Trevor Sluman, Gus Lundquist, and Ben Montgomery.

Sophomore Robin Sciot-Siegrist is the biggest name returning as he posted 8 top finishes last

year and lead the team with a 72.8 stroke average.

After the first round of the Northern Intercollegiate the Cardinals are placed in seventh after

shooting 298, 19 strokes off the lead. Max Walz had the best day out of the six Cards who

participated in the event as he sits in 11th place after 71. Antonie Le Saux and Robin SciotSiegrist are tied for 33rd after the first round with a stroke of 75.

Freshman Robert Geibel and sophomore Gus Lundquist competed in the U.S. Amateur Open

prior to the Northern Intercollegiate. Geibel finished in a tie for 223rd overall after shooting 75

and 78, while Lundquist was tied for 248th by carding 78 and 77.

This was not the only highlight of Lundquist’s offseason as he and six other Cardinals were

selected for the All Big East Academic team. Daniel Iceman, Antonie Le Saux, Chris Malec,

Trevor Sluman, Henry Tomlinson, and Robin Sciot-Siegrist were the other six Cardinals

selected.

Women’s Soccer

The 2013 season offers a great opportunity for the Lady Cardinals soccer team as Notre Dame

and Marquette, both dominate fixtures in the conference in previous years, have departed from

the conference. Also, the team brings back plenty of experience from a 10 win season. Along

with experience, the incoming freshman class provides a good mixture of proven talent and new

young faces.

The home and season opener was won against Butler University by a score of 2-0 with goals by

seniors Christine Exeter and Charlyn Corral. The next two games were taken to overtime as the

Lady Cardinals couldn’t notch a win in either match up. A heartbreaking 5-4 OT loss to Illinois

and a 1-1 2OT draw against Virginia Tech brought the team to a 1-1-1 record at the end of the

month of August.

The highlight game of the early season was a road game against #10 Wake Forest but was

cancelled due to inclement weather. Weather first delayed the game by two hours during half

time, because there was less than 70 minutes played the game stats did not count. The Demon

Deacons were ahead of the Cardinals at the time the game was called in the 53rd minute.

After the cancelled game against Wake Forest the women’s soccer team traveled to Lexington

to face in-state rival University of Kentucky. Despite senior forward Corral’s three shots on

goals within the first 20 minutes, the Lady Cardinals were not able to get any shots pass UK’s

goalkeeper Kayla King. Kentucky finally broke the deadlock in the 51st minute with a goal, but

goalkeeper Paige Brown would make three saves. Louisville’s attack couldn’t cash any shots

in and in the 84th minute Kentucky took advantage of a penalty kick and closed the window of

opportunity for the Cards.

Jeffrey Brown

Sophomore Jeffrey Brown wins Intercollegiate Tennis Association summer consolation bracket

By Annie Moore–

Summer is no off-season for Louisville Tennis player Jeffrey Brown.  The sophomore recently won the consolation bracket of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournament hosted by Florida State University.

In the first round, Brown fell to FSU’s Dominic Coltrane 6-2,6-1. Brown demonstrated his resilience, winning the next three sets on his way to the final match. He defeated David Forehand 6-4,6-2 in the round of 16, and advanced to face Colin Fiegel, whom he also defeated 6-4,6-2. Finally, Brown defeated Parker Goldstein 6-4,7-5 to claim the consolation title.

“I am glad to see Jeffrey working hard on his game and preparing himself for a successful sophomore year,” said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma, in an interview with gocards.com, the official University of Louisville Athletics website. “He spent the month of June with a speed and strength trainer back home and it is already paying some dividends. He plans to play more tournaments this month and this result should be a launching pad for better results.”

Brown will put his skills to the test when he and the rest of the Louisville Men’s Tennis team kick off the season at the Duke Invitational on Sept. 14.

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The University of Louisville women's tennis tam defeated DePaul to secure an undefeated regular season.

Women’s tennis has undefeated regular season

By Xavier Bleuel–

The University of Louisville women's tennis tam defeated DePaul to secure an undefeated regular season.

The University of Louisville women’s tennis tam defeated DePaul to secure an undefeated regular season.

The University of Louisville women’s tennis team escaped a close call by DePaul on Sunday, April 14 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center to maintain its unblemished record at home with a 4-3 win in the season finale.

“This was a great win. The best win of the year,” said U of L head coach Mark Beckham. “For it to be the most important match this season too, well, I just can’t say enough about this team. We are not a team that makes excuses, but we are playing through some injuries. Yet, we are still able to compete and win against some really good teams.”

Beckham hopes this win will be a stepping stone into the Big East Championships in Tampa, Fla.

“Hopefully this win will get us the highest seed possible,” said Beckham. “We want to be positioned to move as far as we can in tournament play.”

The Cardinals, the third seed, will be chasing the number one seed Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the second seed South Florida Bulls, who are hosting the tournament on their home campus.

U of L, with a record of 15-7, took the doubles point as the pair of Mandy Brown and Manuela Vasquez paired to win at No. 3 with an 8-6 win over Zaina Sufi and Jarret Fisher. The No. 1 pair of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine pulled out an 8-5 win over Matea Cutura and Ana Vladutu to win the point.

As the Cardinals moved to singles, No. 6 singles player Becky Bodine won 6-0, 6-1 over Zaina Sufi to put U of L up 2-0. Julia Fellerhoff took the top match at No. 1 with an 8-5 win over Cutura. The Blue Demons were not done, though, as they took the No. 4 and No. 5 slots, leaving Velasquez and Shine to battle for the clinching point. The sophomore from Kew Gardens, N.Y. won the first set 7-5 and then, after being tied at three points in the second.

In other exciting news, Fellerhoff was named Big East Player of the Week in women’s tennis during the 13th weekly awards of the spring 2013 season.

Fellerhoff went 2-0 at No. 1 single and 2-0 at No. 1 doubles to help the Cardinals defeat the Golden Eagels of Marquette (5-2) and the Blue Demons of DePaul (4-3). The junior beat Ana Pimienta of Marquette 5-7, 6-4, 10-4 and No. 84 Cutura of DePaul 6-4, 6-3. Fellerhoff was paired with Shine in doubles and they swept Aina Hernandez Soler and Ali Dawson of Marquette 8-0 and defeated Cutura and Vladutu of DePaul 8-4.

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Sophomore Sebastian Stiefelmeyer came to the University of Louisville last year from Vienna, Austria.

Know your Cardinals: Tennis player Sebastian Stiefelmeyer

By Noah Allison–

Sophomore Sebastian Stiefelmeyer came to the University of Louisville last year from Vienna, Austria.

By the age of two he started playing tennis, by the age of four he was playing around Europe and competing in international tournaments; by the age of five, he had become the most vital member of the Louisville men’s tennis team. Maybe being born on Feb. 29th allows for a bit of truth bending, but what is true is that the leap year baby from Vienna, Austria, sophomore Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, is leading U of L’s talented tennis team towards a bright and successful future.

Last year, as a freshman, Stiefelmeyer had a total record of 26-11 in singles matches and a 17-7 record in doubles matches playing in positions 1, 2, and 3. This performance won him the Big East Freshman of the Year. He had flown across the ocean and stepped foot in America for the first time only a few days before his freshman semester begun.

“I cannot really say what my expectations were because I just really didn’t know what to expect at all,” Stiefelmeyer said. “Then I drove here from the airport and I saw the ginormous football stadium and U of L’s facilities, and I was just blown away; I thought it was so cool. Then I went to our first basketball game and people were going nuts and I just loved it.  And at the beginning, I didn’t know anything about football, but now I really like the game and watching us play.”

Stiefelmeyer’s competitive drive and strife for excellence make him a quintessential Cardinal. Due to an injury, Stiefelmeyer had to miss a match early in the spring season. The team won the match and afterwards, in complement of the team’s performance and Stiefelmeyer, Head Coach Rex Ecarma had this to say:

“Playing without Sebastion Stiefelmeyer for our tennis team is like the football team playing without Teddy Bridgewater. This whole week, the team has banded together and said ‘we’ve got this,’ and they showed it today,” he said.

Stiefelmeyer, while young, understands his role of being one of the most important members on the team and accepts the responsibilities that come with it.

“Teddy Bridgewater, he carries the team on his back and winning and losing depends a lot on him,” Stiefelmeyer said, responding to Ecarma’s comparison. “It’s different in tennis, where winning and losing doesn’t depend only on me, but I think that I carry a lot of the responsibility of the team. I can motivate people. People look up to me so I try to lead them, not only by example, but also by encouraging them. I felt very honored by that statement, but hopefully he will still say that at the end of the season.”

U of L may not have its ace of a tennis player if it weren’t for Julia Stiefelmeyer, who decided to take up tennis lessons over 10 years ago. These lessons just so happened to be scheduled after her son Sebastian got out of school.

“She would always pick me up from school and I had to watch her lessons for an hour. Then I started by asking her if I could play the last 10 minutes,” Stiefelmeyer said. “Then from the 10 minutes, I got 20, then I got the whole hour. And over the years my love for tennis grew, and athletically I only focused on tennis.”

“I was around eight years old when I first hit a tennis ball. I played in my first tournaments when I was around ten, then I started to play internationally when I was 13 or 14 years old. I was playing in Europe in some close countries. Then when I was 16, I played some worldwide tournaments; I even flew to South America to play some tournaments there,” Stiefelmeyer said. “When I was 14 I was among the best European tennis players, then when I was 16, I won the Vienna Men’s Tournament. I was the youngest person to ever win it.”

Stiefelmeyer was the No. 1 rated player in his age group, and was among the best junior players in in the world. His versatility and dependability have made him an integral part of Louisville’s current and future success. But he is simply playing the game he loves and he enjoys the opportunity to learn from great coaches and improve his game.

“It’s outrageous how much I’ve improved my game since getting to U of L. I came here as a decent player, but after my freshman year I developed a lot, especially during the spring season,” Stiefelmeyer said.  “I had a very good summer for my tennis development, and also my athletic development. I gained a lot of muscle and got much more physical. My coach back home said where Louisville coaching has helped me the most is my mental ability, because it has increased so much.”

Being able to play the top spot at either singles or doubles, Stiefelmeyer has become accustomed to both styles in the game of tennis.

“I like singles more, because in college tennis doubles goes very quick and it’s such a game of momentum. If you get down or have a bad start, then that can sometimes cost you the match. But in singles, if you lose the first set or get a bad start you can always bounce back. In singles it’s just you, your performance,” Stiefelmeyer said.

Stiefelmeyer also commented on what he perceives to be his greatest strengths.

“My strength is definitely my back hand and my athleticism. I’m quick on the court, but what I really have to work on is four-hand, especially to be able to kill some shots. With a backhand, I can kill it from anywhere, but I sometimes miss it with my forehand. And then your serve can never be good enough.”

Rex Ecarma has been head coach of the Louisville Cardinals for 23 years now, and what he has in his 23rd season is a young, talented team that may just have the depth and top end talent that it takes to accomplish something special.

“This season I think we are going to do great. We didn’t have a very good start but we are a very young team. We mostly just play sophomores and freshmen. And I know this for myself; it’s hard to come in as a freshman,” Ecarma said. “So, I’m not worried. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. I’m looking forward to the end of the year for the big tournaments, the Big East, and then the NCAA’s afterwards.”

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UofL's head coach described the day, saying, "This was a very good test for us and we passed with flying colors."

Women’s tennis dominates doubleheader, 6-1 and 7-0

By Nick Zelano–

UofL’s head coach described the day, saying, “This was a very good test for us and we passed with flying colors.”

On Saturday afternoon of Jan. 26, the U of L women’s tennis team finished up the second match of their doubleheader against Miami of Ohio, winning 7-0. They swept all three of the doubles matches giving them their first point along with winning all six of the single point matches.

Seniors Mandy Brown and Stephanie Villajaun led the way for the doubles teams, winning their match 8-2. Miami’s closest doubles match of the day was with junior Julia Fellerhoff and sophomore Manuela Velasquez from Louisville, defeating Miami’s No. 1 doubles team, Christine Guerrazzi and Nimisha Mohan, with a score of 9-7.

Standouts from the singles match were Julia Fellerhoff, who beat Miami’s Nimisha Mohan in the No.1 single match in two sets with a score of 6-3 and 6-4. Stephanie Villajuan came back in her singles match after losing the first set, 5-7, to win the next two sets, 6-4 and 10-6, to seal the clean sweep of Miami of Ohio.

Earlier in the day, the women’s team faced Southern Illinois University. The Cardinals claimed victory with a score of 6-1. Starting off hot, the doubles teams swept all three matches to seal the point right off the bat. The doubles sweep included an upset victory in the No. 1 doubles match where Manuela Velasquez and Julia Fellerhoff upset the No. 36 ranked team, Melanie Delsart and Anastacia Simons, with a score of 8-3. This win started the Cardinals off on the right foot and that momentum was carried into the singles matches where the Cards won five of the six matches, including matches No. 1-4.

This capped off a great day for the women’s tennis team as they went 13-1 overall and proved real authority against top quality opponents. The women’s tennis team is next in action on Friday, Feb. 1 at Virginia Tech University at 3 p.m.

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Early season success for indoor track and tennis

A shot from the fifth annual track and field meet held April 20, 2012 at Cardinal Track Park and Soccer Stadium.
Photo by Michael Baldwin/The Louisville Cardinal

By Noah Allison–

Believe it or not, Louisville Athletics are taking place on other courts than the one inside the KFC Yum! Center this time of year. The tennis team has begun its season with a 3-0 record, recording victories against Nebraska, Morehead State and Murray State.

Rex Ecarma, Louisville tennis head coach of 23 years has the Cardinals ranked 34th in the nation and rising. Without a single senior on the team, the young group has started off the season well with their “Teddy Bridgewater” injured for the opener against Nebraska, Sophomore from Vienna, Austria, Sebastion Stiefelmeyer returned to make his season debut with and 8-3 doubles victory.

The indoor track season is under way and being led by the shot put. At the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. Senior Khadija Abdullah took first place in the shot put with a toss of 16.55m while teammate Amashi Kendall took second place with a 16.13m toss. Junior Sam Bombaugh took first in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 18.62m.

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Photo Issue: Austin Lassell

It is the job of the photographer to capture one out of many passing moments such that a sense of moment can be conveyed on to the viewer. A sense of moment is in a picture when the viewer looks at the picture and feels as if they were actually there, be it a tennis match, basketball game or a family gathering. When one thinks of moment in a picture, one tends to think immediately of sports. While sports is perhaps the most difficult type of picture in which to capture the moment, it is certainly not the only difficult type of picture in which to capture a moment. When taking pictures of people, portrait or other, there are subtle glances which may only last a moment, the same moment which the photographer will need to capture if they wish to pass on the emotion of the person being photographed to the viewer.


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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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