March 30, 2018
By Joanne Norell
RALEIGH, N.C. — In a match that saw four singles matches reach third sets and featured two sets that reached tiebreakers, the No. 25 University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team fell in a tight 4-3 decision to No. 29 NC State on Friday at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
How It Happened
NC State (12-5, 2-4 ACC) won the doubles point, first winning 6-2 on Court 2 before clinching the opening advantage with a 6-1 win on Court 1.
Freshman Tristan McCormick evened the score with the first singles decision, defeating Michael Ogden 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot and junior Grayson Broadus put Notre Dame up 2-1, winning 6-2, 7-6 over Robert Turzak at No. 6.
The Wolfpack evened it back up on Court 1 as Igor Saveljic defeated 48th-ranked Alex Lebedev 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Tadas Babelis put NC State back in the lead, defeating sophomore Guillermo Cabrera 6-4, 3-6 6-4 at Court 2.
Freshman Richard Ciamarra next defeated Georgiy Malyshev in three sets, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 at the No. 3 position to knot the team score at 3-3.
But Ivan Saveljic of NC State shut the door for the Wolfpack, defeating sophomore Matt Gamble 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to seal a 4-3 win for NC State.
The Irish (12-10, 3-3 ACC) will take on No. 1 Wake Forest (15-1, 4-1 ACC) at noon ET Sunday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
No. 25 Notre Dame , No. 29 NC State
March 30, 2018
J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center
1. Igor Saveljic (NCSU) def. No. 48 Alex Lebedev (ND) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2. Tadas Babelis (NCSU) def. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Richard Ciamarra (ND) def. Georgiy Malyshev (NCSU) 6-1, 6-7, 6-3
4. Ivan Saveljic (NCSU) def. Matt Gamble (ND) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
5. Tristan McCormick (ND) def. Michael Ogden (NCSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Robert Turzak (NCSU) 6-2, 7-6
1. No 53 Igor Saveljic / Ivan Saveljic (NCSU) def. No. 80 Brendon Kempin / Tristan McCormick (ND) 6-1
2. No. 63 Alexis Galarneau / Michael Ogden (NCSU) def. Richard Ciamarra / Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-2
3. Guillermo Cabrera / Alex Lebedev (ND) vs. Tadas Babelis / Georgiy Malyshev (NCSU) 4-4, unfinished
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to assisting with football communications and overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.