Hurricanes men’s tennis falls to No. 27 Louisville

Sophomore Antonio Prat yells in celebration after winning his match against UTSA's Tomas Pinho at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on Feb 23, 2024. Photo credit: Alexandra Fisher

Concluding an ACC road trip that included an away win over Boston College, Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis fell to the No. 27-ranked Louisville Cardinals, 4-3, this past Sunday afternoon in Louisville. The match drops the team’s record to 8-5 (1-2 ACC).

Louisville won the doubles point with quick wins on courts one and two. On court one, UL’s #20-ranked doubles pair of Etienne Donnet and Natan Rodrigues defeated UM’s #27-ranked doubles pair of Vladislav Melnic and Adrien Burdet, 6-1. The Cardinals’ Will Mayew and Andre Steinbech took down the Hurricanes’ Nacho Serra Sanchez and Sam Baumgartner, 6-3 on court two.

The home team continued to push the advantage with a 6-1, 6-2 win for Donnet over Melnic on court one.

But the Canes did not take long to respond, tying the match 2-2. Miami’s victories came from Antonio Prat, who defeated Louisville’s Andre Steinbach, 6-1, 6-3, on court three, and Sam Baumgartner, who beat UL’s Kosuke Nakanishi, 6-1, 6-4, on court six.

With the match tied, the teams split the next two singles matches. On court two, Louisville’s Natan Rodrigues defeated UM’s Martin Katz, 7-6 (3), 6-1. On court five, Miami’s Adrien Burdet responded with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over the Cardinals’ Piet Steveker.

On the deciding court, Miami’s Nacho Serra Sanchez got off to a strong start with a quick first-set win. However, Louisville’s Will Mayew came storming back, topping Serra Sanchez in a three-set battle, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Hurricanes will return to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in a non-conference affair with Penn on March 7.