DePaul Pushes No. 50 Louisville to Brink, Falls 4-3 at BIG EAST Tourney
Junior Filip Dzanko knocked off his second ITA-ranked opponent on Friday.

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.

At second doubles, senior Mathias Hambach and freshman Jan-Willem Feilzer took down Louisville’s Van Damrongsri and Seb Stiefelmeyer, 8-3.

Next up, at the three, sophomore Adam Reinhart and freshman Paul John combined for a 9-7 triumph over Chris Simich and Luis Elizondo.

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
Apr 19, 2013 at (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1.  Filip Dzanko (DEP) def. #69 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU) 6-3, 6-4
2.  Albert Wagner (LOU) def. Mathias Hambach (DEP) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
3.  Sten Leusink (DEP) def. Chris Simich (DEP) 6-3, 6-4
4.  Michael Lippens (LOU) def. Jan-Willem Feilzer (DEP) 7-5, 6-3
5.  Alex Gornet (LOU) def. Kyle Johnson (DEP) 6-1, 6-4
6.  Van Damrongsri (LOU) def. Paul John (DEP) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Competition
1.  Alex Gornet/Albert Wagner (LOU) vs. Filip Dzanko/Sten Leusink (DEP) 7-4  unfinished
2.  Mathias Hambach/Jan-Willem Feilzer (DEP) def. Van Damrongsri/Sebastian Stiefelmeyer 8-3
3.  Adam Reinhart/Paul John (DEP) def. Chris Simich/Luis Elizondo (LOU) 9-7
Match Notes
Louisville 14-12; National ranking #50
DePaul 5-17
Order of finish:  Doubles (2,3); Singles (5, 3, 2, 1, 4, 6)



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