Men upset No. 38 Louisville to take Third in BIG EAST Championships
TAMPA, Fla. The DePaul men’s tennis team grabbed third place honors at the BIG EAST Conference Championship on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Louisville. The No. 5 seed Blue Demons staged a rally in singles play and upset the No. 2 seed Cardinals at the USF Varsity Courts. Prior to the championships, Louiville was nationally ranked No. 38.
After dropping the doubles point, DePaul roared back with four singles victories. Junior Jose Moncada posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Austen Childs in the top singles match, while sophomore Vanja Grgec notched a three-set victory over Viktor Maksimcuk at No. 3. Maksimcuk took the first frame, 6-0, before Grgec bounced back and won the match with a pair of 6-1 sets.
The No. 4 singles match saw sophomore Alasdair Graetz top Simon Childs in three sets. After suffering a 6-2 loss in the first set, Graetz rallied with a 6-1 victory in the second frame and a 7-5 triumph in the third set. Freshman Bartosz Jozwiak gave the Blue Demons a point at No. 6 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Robert Rotaru.
Nationally ranked Louisville (17-8) took the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 matches. Junior Austin Doerner and Moncada fell, 8-5, to David Simon and Maksimcuk in the top match, while freshmen Ben Hartman and Adam Williams took an 8-4 defeat from Childs and Kenneth Nordheim at No. 3 doubles.
The Blue Demons (16-10, 4-2 BIG EAST) exit the BIG EAST Championship with third place honors; the best finish of DePaul’s three-year tenure in the league. Notre Dame won its second consecutive BIG EAST title on Sunday with a 4-3 victory over USF.
(5) DePaul 4, (2) Louisville 1