LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) -- Sophomore Chris Simich and freshman Jeffrey Brown captured the singles championships of their respective flights while Simich and freshman Alex Gornet finished runner-up in doubles to wrap up the 2012 Louisville Fall Invitational Sunday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
“It was nice to see these players apply some of the things we have been working on at practice,” said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. “Chris completed his goal by bettering his runner-up finish of last year. Alex may have had the best showing ever for a freshman with an ‘A’ division singles and doubles runner-up finish. He got the attention of quite a few people. Jeff Brown showed his potential with a ‘B’ Division singles title in singles and semifinal in doubles. He perks up when it is game time. I saw a lot of good things to build on this weekend."
The day started with doubles action. In the ‘A’ finals, Simich and Gornet (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) teamed against Tennessee Tech’s Syryn Abdukhalikov and Alejandro Augusto. The Cards found themselves down 7-4 and rallied to make the score 7-6 before falling 8-6.
The ‘A’ and ‘B’ singles divisions featured all-Louisville showdowns in the championship matches. The ‘B’ flight opened the Cards’ singles play. Brown faced teammate sophomore Van Damrongsri in the ‘B’ flight finals and took the first set 6-1. The pair battled in the second set, but Brown prevailed 7-6 (6) to claim the title.
Fresh off of their doubles runner-up finish, Simich and Gornet squared off for the ‘A’ singles title. The championship match featured a marathon contest which saw Gornet take the first set 6-4. Simich fought back to take the next set 6-4 and claimed the title with a 6-4 victory in the third set.
The doubles team of Jonathon Kuhn and Gonzalo Garcia fell 8-3 in the ‘B’ consolation semifinals early Sunday.
The Cardinals are back in action next weekend at the Ball State Invitational.
Louisville Men’s Tennis Results
Louisville Fall Invitational
Sept. 23 2012 – Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
Flight ‘A’ Finals
Chris Simich (UL) d. Alex Gornet (UL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Flight ‘B’ Finals
Jeffrey Brown (UL) d. Van Damrongsri (UL) 6-1, 7-6(6)
Flight ‘A’ Finals
Syryn Abdukhalikov/Alejandro Augusto (TT) d. Simich/ Alex Gornet (UL) 8-6
Flight ‘B’ Consolation Semifinals
Vasily Eremeev/Eze Gils (TT)d. Jonathan Kuhn/ Gonzalo Garcia (UL) 8-3