Men's Tennis Upsets No. 50 Louisville
Hokies win final two singles matches to pull off victory
March 25, 2000 LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team won the final two singles matches to pull off the 4-3 upset victory over No. 50 Louisville, today, at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Hokies won four singles matches to post the victory. Tech was down by one, going into the last two matches. The No. 2 singles match was tied at 1-1 with Tech's Gerard Baynham serving, up 6-5 in the third set. He was serving 5-4 and lost his serve to break even at 5-5. He broke the tie, going up 6-5 and then won the next point to win the set 7-5 and the match 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The Hokies' Jay Bruner was down 5-2 in the third set at No. 4 singles. He saved three match points and tied the set at 5-5. He then won the last two games decisively, only giving up one point, winning the set, 7-5, and the match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, giving the Hokies the victory. Louisville took the 1-0 lead, winning all three doubles matches. The Cardinals' Tvtko Kujundzic and Joachim Lien teamed up at No. 1 doubles to defeat Tech's Davor Dupljak and Saber Kadiri, 8-6. Louisville's Brent McCombe and Cody Conley defeated Baynham and Andrew Vu, 8-5 at No. 2 doubles, and Alex Sivertsen and Hazuan Hizan teamed up at No. 3 doubles to defeat Tech's Eddie Terzimehic and Bruner, 8-6. The Cardinals pushed their lead to 2-0, with Kujundzic defeating Dupljak, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Tech's Michael Kurz defeated Siverstein, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, cutting the UL lead down to 2-1. Louisville's McCombe defeated Terzimehic, 7-5, 7-6 (5) to put the Cardinals up 3-1. Hokies' Kadiri defeated Hizan at No. 6 singles, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3, to cut the UL lead down to 3-2. Tech's Baynham defeated Lien at No. 2 singles, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, and Bruner won at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, to give the Hokies the upset victory. Tech raises its record to 11-11 on the season, and Louisville falls to 14-7. The Hokies travel to Ft. Worth, Texas for a 1:30 p.m., CST, match at Texas Christian on Friday, Mar. 31, and a 1 p.m., CST, match at Southern Methodist on Sunday, Apr. 2.