LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS) – Sophomore Luis Elizondo advanced to the semifinals in both singles and doubles to lead University of Louisville men’s tennis team on day one of the Louisville Winter Invitational Friday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
“I am happy for Luis,” said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. “Even though he is in his second season with us, this is his first Louisville Invitational. He is in position to win the singles and doubles division. If he plays the way he did in the final set of his second singles match, he has a realistic chance to do it."
In doubles action, Elizondo and freshman Colton Buffington received a first round bye and advance to the semifinals with an 8-3 victory over Morehead’s David Clifford and Kevin Deligny.
Junior Amaury Derognat and senior Jonathan Kuhn opened the day with an 8-3 win over Morehead’s Hugo Almonte and Nick Mercer to reach the quarterfinals where the fell 8-4 to Illinois State’s Michael Sellitto and Erik Brunskog.
In the ‘A’ singles division, Elizondo defeated Mercer 6-2, 6-2 in his first round match and went on to beat Illinois State’s Erik Brunskog 7-5, 6-0 to reach Saturday’s semifinal where he will face Illinois State’s Jacob Wilson.
Freshman Jeffrey Brown and sophomore Van Damrongsri reached the consolation semifinals after losing their first round matches.
The tournament will continue on Saturday with doubles semifinals starting at 9 a.m.
Louisville Winter Invitational
Nov. 11, 2012 – Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
Amaury Derognat/Jonathan Kuhn (UL) d. Hugo Almonte/Nick Mercer (Morehead) 8-3
Daniel Bednarzyk/Chris Essick (IU) d. Brown Damrongsri (UL) 8-4
Luis Elizondo/Colton Buffingon (UL) d. David Clifford/Kevin Deligny (Morehead) d. 8-3
Michael Sellitto/Erik Brunskog (Illinois State) d. Derognat/Kuhn (UL) 8-4
Ji Hoon Heo (Morehead) d. Colton Buffington (UL) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
Chris Essick (IU) d. Jeffrey Brown (UL) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(7)
Renato Antun (Belmont) d. Amaury Derognat (UL) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Jacob Wilson (ISU) d. Van Damrongsri (UL) 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
Luis Elizondo (UL) d. Nick Mercer (Morehead) 6-2, 6-2
Elizondo d. Erik Brunskog (Illinois State) 7-5, 6-0
Henrique Norbiato (Belmont) d. Buffington 7-6(8), 6-2
Brown d. Derognat 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Damrongsri d. Nathan Martin (Morehead) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Michael Sellitto (Illinois State) d. Gonzalo Garcia (UL) 6-4, 6-4
Hugo Almonte (Morehead) d. Jonathan Kuhn (UL) 7-5, 6-4
Kevin Deligny (Morehead) d. Kuhn 6-0, 6-3