No. 50 women’s tennis falls 3-4 to Clemson Monday, Apr 12 2021 

By Riley Vance—

The No. 50 Louisville women’s tennis team (7-12, 3-10 ACC) was defeated by the Clemson Tigers (8-14, 2-10 ACC) Sunday, April 11 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Louisville lost with a final score of 3-4. 

The Tigers took the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. 

Junior Rhea Verma and sophomore Andrea Di Palma took over court one with a 6-2 win over Clemson’s Cristina Mayorova and Sophia Hatton. 

Clemson bounced back with a 6-4 win on court three over senior Nikolina Jovic and junior Dina Chaika. 

The point was clinched on court two as Ali Despain and Laura Marti (CLEMSON) defeated Chelsea Sawyer and graduate student Raven Neely.

Louisville fought hard in singles but came up short.

Mayorova (CLEMSON) defeated Jovic 6-4, 6-2; advancing Clemson’s overall lead to 2-0. 

Hatton upset No. 93 Di Palma 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

The Cards then went on to secure two consecutive wins on courts three and four. 

On court three, Neely took down Clemson’s Middlebrooks in a close 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) match. 

Sawyer topped Despain (CLEMSON) in a third set (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) to bring the overall score to 3-2.

The Tigers clinched the match as Marti defeated junior Jelena Vujanic 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. 

The Cards finished strong as Verma took down Lana Sipek (CLEMSON) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. 

Women’s tennis finishes their regular season next weekend as they face Butler today at 12 p.m. They will celebrate their Senior Day before the match. 

Final Scores:

Singles

  1. Cristina Mayorova (CLEMSON) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-4, 6-2
  2. Sophia Hatton (CLEMSON) def. #93 Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
  3. Raven Neely (LOU) def. M. Middlebrooks (CLEMSON) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
  4. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) def. Ali Despain (CLEMSON) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  5. Rhea Verma (LOU) def. Lana Sipek (CLEMSON) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
  6. Laura Marti (CLEMSON) def. Jelena Vujanic (LOU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5

Doubles 

  1. Rhea Verma/Andrea Di Palma (LOU) def. Cristina Mayorova/Sophia Hatton (CLEMSON) 6-2
  2. Ali Despain/Laura Marti (CLEMSON) def. Raven Neely/Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 6-4
  3. Lana Sipek/M. Middlebrooks (CLEMSON) def. Dina Chaika/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Reinking// U of L Athletics 

U of L men’s tennis picks up 4-2 win over Clemson  Monday, Apr 12 2021 

By Riley Vance—

The Louisville  men’s tennis team (9-8, 3-5 ACC) traveled to Clemson on April 9 and secured a 4-2 win over the Tigers (7-12, 1-9 ACC). 

In doubles, Clemson and Louisville both took a court; leaving the doubles point in the hands of court two. 

On court three, Clemson’s Jorge Plans Gonzalez and Carlos Kelaidis defeated freshman Kyle Tang and junior Alex Wesbrooks 6-4.

Louisville fought back as No. 60 sophomore Matthew Fung and junior Fabien Salle took down Ryuhei Azuma and Spencer Whitaker (CLEMSON) 6-3.

To round off doubles, senior Tin Chen and junior Sergio Hernandez fought hard to upset No. 22 Yizhou Liu and Teodor Giusca (CLEMSON) 7-6 (7-4). 

In singles, Salle secured an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 103 Kelaidis (CLEMSON).

Clemson put two points on the scoreboard with a win on court four over junior Josh Howard-Tripp, and a win on court three over Hernandez. 

Junior David Mizrahi pulled off a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Gonzalez (CLEMSON) to bring the overall score to 3-2. 

Fung took down Whitaker (CLEMSON) in a third set to clinch the match for the Cards (2-6, 7-5, 6-4). 

Following this match, men’s tennis traveled to Atlanta to face No. 32 Georgia Tech on Sunday, April 11.

 Final Scores:

Singles

  1. Yizhou Liu (CLEMSON) def. Tin Chen (LOU) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
  2. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. #103 Carlos Kelaidis (CLEMSON) 6-3, 6-4
  3. Ryuhei Azuma (CLEMSON) def. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
  4. Teodor Giusca (CLEMSON) def. Josh Howard-Tripp (LOU) 7-5, 6-1
  5. Matthew Fung (LOU) def. Spencer Whitaker (CLEMSON) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
  6. David Mizrahi (LOU) def. Jorge Plans Gonzalez (CLEMSON) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 6, 5

Doubles

  1. #60 Matthew Fung/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Ryuhei Azuma/Spencer Whitaker (CLEMSON) 6-3
  2. Tin Chen/Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. #22 Yizhou Liu/Teodor Giusca (CLEMSON) 7-6 (7-4)
  3. Jorge Plans Gonzalez/Carlos Kelaidis (CLEMSON) def. Kyle Tang/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) 6-4

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

Photo Courtesy of Karthik Kalvakuri// U of L Athletics 

Louisville gets clawed by no. 3 Clemson Tigers Monday, Oct 21 2019 

By Mariam Prieto —

Louisville lost against No. 3 Clemson with a final score of 45-10 on Saturday Oct. 19. This was the Cardinals fourth ACC game and second conference loss.

This was Louisville’s first game against a top five ranking team under head coach Scott Satterfield.  “I’m proud of our guys, they continued to fight the whole way through,” he said.

In the first quarter, Louisville’s (4-3, 2-2) defense held it together, blocking Clemson’s (7-0, 4-0) advance. The Tigers only scored a field goal in the first quarter, ending 3-0.

The second quarter saw the Tigers take charge of  their offense, with a touchdown scored in the first minute of the quarter. The Cardinal’s defense suffered, and the Tigers scored another touchdown. Louisville scored a field goal and brought the score to 17-3 by the end of the quarter.

In the last two minutes of the third quarter, Clemson advanced on the Cards with a touchdown after rushing 49 yards. Clemson added a kick attempt to their touchdown, and finished the quarter with a score of 24-3.

The fourth quarter saw freshman Javian Hawkins make the sole Cardinal touchdown. Although their offense ramped up, Louisville’s defense took a hit. The tigers were able to get past the Cards and scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Evan Conley proved important to the defense with a combined passing of 107 yards, alongside sophomore Micale Cunningham. Hawkins rushed a total of 129 yards. Junior Dez Fitzpatrick received 63 yards, alongside sophomore Chatarius Atwell’s 37 yards.

Cunningham commented on the defense’s improvements. “We played better. We made them work for everything, and we didn’t really give them anything,” he said.

Clemson took the lead with a rushing average of 8.1, while Louisville ended with 3.6. Louisville had the higher receiving average of  13.4, while Clemson finished with 11.5.

Satterfield referred to the lack of conversions on Louisville’s end when he said, ” We didn’t make enough plays. The bottom line is that they out-executed us.”

“We were not able to get any momentum in that game.”

Louisville will face University of Virginia in their fifth conference match up on Oct. 26 at Cardinal Stadium.

Photo by Louise Scharff / The Louisville Cardinal

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No. 16 Louisville shuts out No. 9 Clemson 1-0 Tuesday, Oct 15 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Louisville upset No. 9 Clemson 1-0 on Thursday at Lynn Stadium. The game winning goal in the first half brought the Cardinals 11-1, 4-1, and dropped the Tigers 8-3-1, 2-3.

In the first half the Cardinals came in hot, with a goal by senior Callie McKinney in the first 3 mins of the game. The goal was assisted by a corner kick from senior Allison Whitfield. The Cardinals led the offensive in the first half, ending with 5 shots, while Clemson had 2.

Even though Louisville had the opportunity to gain on their lead, Clemson goalkeeper Sandy MacIver made it difficult for Cards to find the net. The first half ended with the Cardinals in the lead 1-0.

The second half saw Clemson push their offensive with 8 shots. Even though the Tigers pushed their offensive. The Tigers could not get past the Cardinals, who played a tough defensive. The Cardinals ended the second half with 3 saves, while the Tigers had 1.

The Cardinals had their best chance to score in the 87th minute. Emina Ekic shot inside the box with an assist by Whitfield, but was blocked. This period did not see any goals. The Cardinals finished regulation 1-0.

Even though Clemson outshot Louisville 10-7, they were not able to find the net. Cardinal’s goal keeper junior Gabrielle Kouzelos proved instrumental to the defense, ending the game with 4 saves, blocking any Clemson goals.

The Cardinals will be in action on Sunday, Oct. 13 against Notre Dame. They will play at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

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