Lousiville hardly ever loses at home. They have a very nice indoor facility, that has a video board and every thing. They pour money into athletics.
Lousiville lost 5 of their 6 starters from last year but replaced them with near the same amount of talent. They have an excellent coach.
The match stated very tight. Each of the 3 doubles matches were knotted at 4-4 at one point. But Louisville dug in and pulled away at 2 and 3 winning 804 and 8-5. UL would also win #1 doubles 9-8(3).
singlesClemson won 1 and 2)
1: 59 Yannick Maden def 113 Andrew Carter 6-0 6-3
Straight forward match, Carter had to have been 5'5. Very short guy. Maden pushed him around all match, with his heavy deep balls. Carter had no foothold in the match, Maden controlled all points, Carter had nothing to hurt Maden with. This is another solid win over a ranked opponent for Maden, he is climbing the rankings.
2. Gerardo Meza def Seb Stieflemeyer 7-6(
Steiflemeyer is likely Louisville's most talented played. The Freshman from Austria will be a good player for the Cards. So this was a very good win for Meza. This is the time of matches that he needs to win and would be a great for the team if he did. He was down 4-5 and Stieflemeyer served for the set. Meza dug deep and pulled out the break then a battle in the tiebreak. This was the match of the day.
3. Michael Lippens def Dom Maden 6-4 6-3
This turned out to be the swing match. Very tight first set but Maden had some mentally fragile moments and crackd when the set was at its close. Lippens led 5-0 in the 2nd set, before Maden made his push. Shades of his 0-5 to 7-5 set win vs CofC earlier in the year but Lippens was too good of a player to do that too. This ended up being the clinching match for Louisville.
4. Albert Wagner def Cedric Willems 6-1 6-3
Dissapointing result here. Didnt see much of this match
5. Chris Simich def Zac Rigsby 6-3 2-6 6-4
Evenly cntested match. Simich didn't do much of anything. Pushed the whole time. Rigsby was too conservative and played Simich's game despite having a bigger forehand and bigger serve. Could have gone either way. 3 even sets but not a particularly good match. Many of the points ended on random errors.
6. Luiz Elizondo def Hunter Harrington 6-2 6-3
Dissapointing scoreline like the Willems match. Harrington made far too many errors, was over-hiting the ball.
upcoming week we play Furman and Wisconsin, two matches we should win fairly easily.