Men's Tennis Falls to No. 15 Louisville, Ties for Third at BIG EAST Championship
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The DePaul men's tennis team ended its BIG EAST Championship run with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded and No. 15 Louisville on Saturday at Notre Dame's Ecks Tennis Pavilion. In 2009, the Blue Demons upset Louisville in the league's semifinals, but this season, the Cardinals would not to be denied.
With the Championship moved indoors and the consolation matches canceled due to rain in the South Bend area, the Blue Demons finish the Championship in a tie for third place. DePaul also claimed a third place finish in 2008.
The Cardinals won on the first and second doubles courts to secure the point and the early 1-0 lead. With the point clinched, DePaul's third pair of Douglas Perrin and Alasdair Graetz was tied at four with Robert Hall and Chidi Gabriel.
"We have been pulling out matches in singles so we were confident even with a 1-0 deficit," head coach Matt Brothers said after his team's tough loss.
With all six courts in singles play, Louisville's Viktor Maksimcuk topped Bartosz Jozwiak 6-2, 6-0 on the second court for the Cardinals second point.
Alejandro Calligari defeated Mathias Hambach 6-3, 6-1 on the fourth court before Hall topped Perrin 6-2, 6-2 in the sixth position to clinch the Louisville victory.
"The scores, do not show what the match was like," Brothers added. "We were in a couple of matches when Louisville clinched the win."
The Blue Demons finish the 2010 season 9-18 and won three of their last five matches. Hambach led DePaul with 22 singles victories while Matija Palinic and Vanja Grgec each tallied 19 wins. Ben Hartman and Jozwiak paced the Blue Demons with 18 doubles victories.
No. 15 Louisville 4, DePaul 0