March 26, 2014
Site: Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Score: Louisville 4, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (9-8), UL (15-5)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 29 -- vs. Iowa (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team concluded its non-conference schedule on Wednesday night (March 26), dropping a 4-3 decision to 26th-ranked Louisville at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
Louisville grabbed control of the match early, winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions to take a 1-0 lead. U-M's 24th-ranked tandem of seniors Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) were tied with the pairing of Seb Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri, 4-4, when the match was abandoned.
The Cardinals won the first three singles matches off the court to secure the match, posting consecutive straight-set victories at the No. 1, 3 and 6 positions. Moments after Louisville clinched the team win, Michigan got on the board with back-to-back victories. Buzzi gave U-M its first point of the match with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Van Damrongsri at the No. 5 spot. Shortly thereafter, redshirt junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) picked up his eighth victory in nine matches, notching a 7-5, 7-5 win over Chris Simich at the No. 4 position.
U-M added one final point at the No. 2 position, as junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) defeated Albert Wagner, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, in the final match on the court.
The Wolverines return home this weekend to host a pair of Big Ten matches at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan will welcome Iowa at noon on Saturday (March 29) before closing the weekend on Sunday (March 29) with a noon dual against Nebraska. Admission is free to both matches.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- Seb Stiefelmeyer (Louisville) def. Alex Petrone (U-M), 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 -- Vlad Stefan (U-M) def. Albert Wagner (Louisville), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
No. 3 -- Alex Gornet (Louisville) def. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 7-6, 6-0
No. 4 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Chris Simich (Louisville), 7-5, 7-5
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Van Damrongsri (Louisville), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 -- Michael Lippens (Louisville) def. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-1, 7-6
No. 1 -- No. 24 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. Seb Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (Louisville), 4-4
No. 2 -- Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (Louisville) def. Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (Louisville) def. Alex Petrone/Tyler Gardiner (U-M), 8-3
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2; Singles 1-3-6-5-4-2
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