By Riley Vance—
Men’s tennis (9-10, 3-7 ACC) fell 4-3 in a close match against No. 34 Virginia Tech (11-7, 6-5 ACC) this Friday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
The Cards took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three.
Junior Alex Wesbrooks and freshman Kyle Tang swept Ryan Kros and Matthis Ross (VT) 6-0 on court three.
Following shortly after, No. 63 sophomore Matthew Fung and junior Fabien Salle faced No. 25 Ryan Fishback and Jordan Chrysostom (VT) 6-3 to clinch the doubles point.
Senior Tin Chen and junior Sergio Hernandez were tied 4-4 with Virginia Tech’s Mitch Harper and Alex Ribeiro, but their match was left unfinished.
The Cards took their winning momentum into singles as Salle defeated Ross (VT) 6-3, 6-3 to give Louisville a 2-0 lead.
Virginia Tech fought back with a win on court one as Harper (VT) defeated Chen in a third set (6-1, 2-6 6-4)
The Hokies evened the score as Hugo Maia (VT) secured a 6-3, 4-6 6-3 win over junior Josh Howard-Tripp.
No. 71 Hernandez put the Cards back in the lead with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 (7-4) win over No. 78 Carlo Donato (VT).
Virginia Tech brought the score to 3-3 as Alvaro Ariza (VT) prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 over junior David Mizrahi.
The match was decided on court five when Virginia Tech’s Fishback overcame Fung in a third set (6-3, 4-6 6-3).
Men’s tennis will host Virginia for their Senior Day on Sunday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
- Mitch Harper (VT) def. Tin Chen (LOU) 6-1, 2-6 6-4
- #57 Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Matthis Ross (VT) 6-3, 6-3
- #71 Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. #78 Carlo Donato (VT) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 (7-4)
- Hugo Maia (VT) def. Josh Howard-Tripp (LOU) 6-3, 4-6 6-3
- Ryan Fishback (VT) def. Matthew Fung (LOU) 6-3, 3-6 6-4
- Alvaro Ariza (VT) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4, 3, 6 and 5
- #63 Matthew Fung/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. #25 Ryan Fishback/Jordan Chrysostom (VT) 6-3
- #89 Tin Chen/Sergio Hernandez (LOU) vs. Mitch Harper/Alex Ribeiro (VT) 4-4, unfinished
- Kyle Tang/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) def. Ryan Kros/Matthis Ross (VT) 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 1
Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics