DePaul Pushes No. 50 Louisville to Brink, Falls 4-3 at BIG EAST Tourney
April 19, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Seventh-seeded DePaul gave second-seed Louisville all it could handle in its opening match at the 2013 BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Championship, but came out on the short end of a 4-3 upset bid in the opening round on Friday at the Courtney Tennis Center.
With the loss, DePaul (5-17) falls into the consolation bracket and will play again tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CT with its opponent still to be determined. Louisville (14-12) moves on to face the winner of No. 3 USF/No. 6 Villanova in the quarterfinals.
Moved inside due to inclement weather, the match was pushed back three hours and DePaul came out well-rested with back-to-back doubles wins on courts two and three to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Moving on to singles play, the Blue Demons continued to keep the pressure on the Cardinals with first set wins on four-of-six courts.
Louisville drew even with a win at fifth singles before DePaul jumped back in front 2-1 with a three spot win from Sten Leusink, 6-3, 6-4 over the Cardinals’ Chris Simich.
On court two, senior Mathias Hambach dropped a tough three-setter as Lousiville evened the match once again. Junior Filip Dzanko, however, came up with a huge win at the top spot, defeating Stiefelmeyer – ranked No. 69 by the ITA – to get DePaul within a point of clinching the match.
A loss at the four brought all eyes to court six, where freshman Paul John split the first two sets with Van Damrongsri but ultimately fell in a heartbreaker, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6.
#50 Louisville 4, DePaul 3