Deacons Drop 4-3 Decision to No. 34 Louisville
Feb. 25, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Amogh Prabhakar won his seventh-consecutive singles match, but the 41st-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team narrowly fell 4-3 on the road at No. 34 Louisville on Saturday evening at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
The Demon Deacons (8-5) and Cardinals (8-4) split the six singles matches, but Louisville's wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles gave it a closely-contested doubles point that proved to be the difference in the match.
Prabhakar was a bright spot for the Deacons, defeating Michael Lippens 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 3 position to push his dual match singles record for the season to 11-1. The Bangalore, India native has won seven-straight singles matches and is perfect in the month of February.
Freshman Alex Tsai was victorious at the No. 6 position, jumping on Luis Elizondo early and holding on for a 6-3, 6-4 win. At No. 2 singles, Danny Kreyman was edged 7-5 by Andrew Carter in the first set but bounced back to take the second set at love. A ten-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a third set since the overall match had already been decided, and Kreyman came out on top, finishing off a 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (8) win.
The Cardinals took the first lead of the day by winning the doubles point against the Demon Deacons' new doubles lineup. Wake Forest's Kreyman and Adam Lee played No. 3 for the first time all year and were the first duo off the court, defeating Lippens and Amaury Derognat 8-2.
However, Louisville picked up close wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to take the point. At No. 1, the Cardinals' 35th-ranked duo of Carter and Albert Wagner topped David Hopkins and Prabhakar 8-4. Robert Hall and Sebastian Stiefelmeyer clinched the point at No. 2, defeating Conner Sherwood and Sam Wells 8-5.
Wake Forest will have next weekend off before it hosts Michigan and Mercer in a doubleheader on March 10 at the Wake Forest tennis complex. The Deacons will face the Wolverines at 11 a.m. and the Bears at 4 p.m.
#34 Louisville 4, #41 Wake Forest 3