LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2011) - The No. 51 ranked ETSU men's tennis team fell to No. 13 Louisville on Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
Louisville swept the single points in straight sets for the third consecutive match. At the two-spot, Maksimcuk, No. 75 in the ITA singles rankings, defeated No. 73 Bandres 6-3, 6-3 to pull the Cards ahead 2-0. Andrew Carter added to the lead with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Juan Ramirez at No. 5. Eighth-ranked Austen Childs beat Gille 6-1, 6-4 at the top seed to clinch the win.
The Cards opened the match by winning a very entertaining and competitive doubles point to get out to the early 1-0 lead. Louisville gained the early advantage in doubles after the duo of Alejandro Calligari and Amaury Derognat defeated Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) 8-4 at number three. However, The ETSU team of Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) picked up an 8-6 win over Simon Childs and Sumit Gupta at the number two position to even the doubles matches.
The point came down to a battle on court one as Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk pulled out a 9-8 victory over Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France) to clinch the doubles point.
Calligari topped Bottoni 7-6, 6-0 at No. 4 and Dante Terenzio closed the match with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Akser at the six-spot.
Louisville improves to 3-0 on the season, while ETSU falls to 0-2.
The Bucs will travel to Charlottesville, Va. next weekend for the ITA Kickoff Weekend, hosted by No. 1 Virginia. ETSU will take on No. 50 Binghamton on Friday at 2 p.m. Then, they will take on the nation's top team Virginia or No. 65 Cornell on Saturday.
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No. 13 Louisville 7 - No. 51 East Tennessee State 0
Jan. 23, 2011 - Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
1 - #8 Austen Childs (UL) d. Sander Giller (ETSU) 6-1, 6-4
2 -#75 Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) #73 Jesus Bandres 6-3, 6-2
3 - #98 Simon Childs (UL) d. Grega Teraz 6-3, 7-6
4 - Alejandro Calligari (UL) Charles Botton (ETSU) 7-6, 6-0
5 - Andrew Carter (UL) d. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) 6-4, 7-5
6 - Dante Terenzio (UL) d. Robin Akser (ETSU) 6-3, 7-6
Order of finish: 2,5,1,3,4,6
1 - A. Childs/Maksimcuk (UL) d. Terez/Bottoni (ETSU) 9-8
2 - Gille/Bandres (ETSU) d. S. Childs/Gupta (UL) 8-6
3 - Calligari/Derognat (UL) d. Ramirez/Akser (ETSU) 8-4
Order of finish: 3,2,1