MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The University of Louisville men’s tennis team fell 6-1 to host Middle Tennessee Wednesday evening at the Adams Tennis Complex.
“We won a big doubles point but they outplayed us in singles,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “They had a great crowd and they were loud. We did not have the composure to win enough close sets. We have a lot to learn before we go to Oregon Sunday.”
The Cardinals (3-4) opened the match by taking the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 3. Middle Tennessee gained early edge when Gonzalo Morell and Ayed Zatar defeated Louisville’s senior duo of Jeffrey Brown and Alex Gornet 6-3 at the No. 1 spot. Louisville evened the doubles tally at the No. 2 position where freshmen Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Christian Haushammer edged Gian Issa and Miguel Negre 7-6. The first point of the match came down to court three where junior Sean Donohue and sophomore Courtney Lock prevailed 7-6 over Luis Morillo Diaz and Dima Zyhmantovich.
In singles action, Middle Tennessee tied the match with a win on court six where Morillo Diaz beat Lock 6-4, 6-2. The Blue Raiders gained the lead when Issa defeated freshman Carlos Longhi Neto 7-5, 6-3 at the four-spot. Negre’s 6-3, 6-4 win over freshman Brandon Lancaster made the score 3-1. The match was decided on court three where Louisville’s Morin-Kougoucheff rebounded from a 6-2 first-set loss to Zatar Cordero to take the second set 6-3, fell 6-3, in the third set.
The remaining courts continued to play out their matches with the Blue Raiders picking up wins on courts one and two.
The Cardinals return to action on Sunday, Feb. 7 when they travel to Oregon.
Middle Tennessee 6, #46 Louisville 1
2/3/2016 at Murfreesboro, Tenn.
(Adams Tennis Complex)
1. Gonzalo Morell (MT) def. Alex Gornet (LOU) 7-5, 6-1
2. Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) def. Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (13-11)
3. Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT) def. C. Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
4. Gian Issa (MT) def. Carlos Longhi Neto (LOU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Miguel Negre (MT) def. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) def. Courtney Lock (LOU) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: Singles (6,4,5,3,1,2)
1. Gonzalo Morell/Ayed Zatar Cordero (MT) def. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (LOU) 6-3
2. C. Morin-Kougoucheff/Christian Haushammer (LOU) def. Gian Issa/Miguel Negre (MT) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Courtney Lock/Sean Donohue (LOU) def. Luis Morillo Diaz/Dima Zyhmantovich (MT) 7-6 (7-1)
Order of finish: 1,2,3
Match Notes:
Louisville 3-4; National ranking #46
Middle Tennessee 3-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,5,3,1,2)
Official: Ted Mason
Lori Korte


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