NOTRE DAME, Ind. — As the regular season wound down, the Irish posted their fourth straight victory with a sweep over Omaha, 7-0. The Irish wrap their regular season schedule with a 16-13 record heading into post season play.
The win also concludes a four game home stand for No. 27 Notre Dame, giving them a 4-0 record on the weekend following wins over St. Bonaventure, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Omaha.
The Irish took the doubles point against Omaha behind strong showings from all three courts. A pair of 6-1 scores by Daniel Rayl/Johnathan Small and Grayson Broadus/Matthew Gamble earned the Irish the lead heading into singles competition while Paul Gota and Nathan Griffin led the second court, 4-1, at the time.
Guillermo Cabrera, who ranks 109th in singles this season, started off the second half of the match with a sweep in the first set, 6-0. Griffin quickly followed with a 6-1 set win of his own.
Axel Nefve, trailing early in the first, came back to take the 6-4 win heading into the second set. He was followed shortly thereafter by Johnathan Small who tallied the fourth first set victory for the Irish.
The Irish completed the sweep of first sets, improving their run of set wins to 15-straight on Sunday. Daniel Rayl took his first set, 6-4 before Paul Gota posted a 7-5 victory on court four.
Cabrera defeated his Maverick opponent, with a 6-0, 6-2 final to put the Irish up 2-0. Griffin added another point for the Irish after he won court five by scores of 6-1 and 6-3.
Nefve secured the fourth point for the win, posting a 6-4, 6-3 victory on court one. His match-clinching point extends the Irish win-streak to four games.
Small added another Irish point to the mix as he won his second set tiebreaker on court six, 7-6.
Both Rayl and Gota were forced to a third set breaker as their respective Mavericks opponents tallied second set wins of 6-4. Gota won the third set break point (10-7) to give the Irish their sixth point of the day before Rayl posted an identical third set score to complete the sweep.
The Irish will head to Cary, North Carolina for the 2019 ACC Championships. With the final conference record of 5-7, No. 27 Notre Dame is seeded ninth in the ACC and will face eighth-seeded Virginia Tech on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
The two teams last met March 31, where the Hokies downed the Irish, 5-2, in Blacksburg.
#27 University of Notre Dame 7, Omaha 0
1. Axel Nefve (ND) def. Abdoul Ouattara (OMAHA) 6-4, 6-3
2. #109 Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Hugo Piles Ballester (OMAHA) 6-0, 6-2
3. Daniel Rayl (ND) def. Nathan Reekie (OMAHA) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0
4. Paul Gota (ND) def. Davis Lawley (OMAHA) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0
5. Nathan Griffin (ND) def. Matt Dunn (OMAHA) 6-1, 6-3
6. Johnathan Small (ND) def. Ethan Henry (OMAHA) 6-3, 7-6(2)
1. Grayson Broadus/Matt Gamble (ND) def. Nathan Reekie/Davis Lawley (OMAHA) 6-1
2. Paul Gota/Nathan Griffin (ND) vs. Abdoul Ouattara/Matt Dunn (OMAHA) 4-1, unfinished
3. Daniel Rayl/Johnathan Small (ND) def. Hugo Piles Ballester/Ethan Henry (OMAHA) 6-1
University of Notre Dame 16-13; National ranking #27