Matchups Announced for 2013 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Championship
April 16, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul men's tennis earned the seventh-seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Championship, announced the league office on Tuesday. The Blue Demons will compete against second-seeded Louisville on Friday, April 19 at the Courtney Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
The opening match for DePaul is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. on the south courts.
Should the Blue Demons advance, they will meet the winner of match five - a contest between third seed USF and sixth seed Villanova - on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT.
DePaul capped the dual match season with a 5-16 overall record after splitting its final two matches of the season - a home win against IUPUI and a road loss to BIG EAST rival Marquette.
A key stat for the Blue Demons has been the doubles point. When the Blue Demons win it, they are 4-2 against a 1-10 record when losing the point.
The singles lineup features four players with double-digit win totals led by junior Filip Dzanko, who put together a 10-7 mark at first singles during the dual match season (16-12 overall). The Split, Croatia-native was at his best down the stretch, winning six-of-eight to close the regular season.
The last time DePaul and Louisville met was in the second match of the 2010 BIG EAST Championship, a 4-0 decision in favor of the then-15th ranked Cardinals.
Scouting the Cardinals
The Cardinals, ranked No. 47 in the latest ITA Poll, put together a 13-12 record in dual match play against a schedule that featured 18 nationally-ranked opponents (the team went 7-11 against ranked foes).
Louisville closed the regular season with losses in three-of-four against a grueling schedule, falling to No. 44 Texas Tech, No. 36 Memphis and No. 32 Notre Dame.
No. 66 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, a sophomore, has a 12-10 record at the top spot for Louisville and has gone 5-5 against nationally-ranked opponents. Freshman Alex Gornet has also been a key contributor in dual play, going 12-6 from the bottom three spots in the lineup.
Stiefelmeyer and classmate Van Damrongsri have also had success on the doubles side, putting together a six-match win streak and a 10-4 mark overall - including a 4-0 record at first doubles.