NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 27th-ranked Irish continued their winning ways with a 5-0 decision over Atlantic Coast Conference rival, Clemson Sunday afternoon. After claiming the doubles point to start the match, the Irish won eight straight singles sets to improve their record to 15-13 with one regular season match remaining.
Richard Ciamarra and Axel Nefve got the team off to a hot start in doubles, taking their set on court one by a 6-1 score. The Tigers answered soon after with a 6-2 set win over Grayson Broadus and Matt Gamble before Guillermo Cabrera and William Howells notched the point with a 6-2 win over their Tigers opponents.
Notre Dame went up early as Clemson was forced to retire their man on court three, calling the singles match as No. 109 Guillermo Cabrera led 5-0 in the first set. The Irish then won seven straight sets as No. 59 Richard Ciamarra, Matt Gamble, William Howells and Grayson Broadus came out on top through one.
Matt Gamble put the Irish up by three with 6-2 and 6-0 victories over his Clemson opponent, Mike Agee and Grayson Broadus clinched his second straight double-match point, sweeping his second set 6-0 and finishing with an identical set score to Gamble (6-2, 6-0).
William Howells, finishing out his game before the match was called, tallied the fifth and final point of the early match as he won 6-3 in the second after sweeping his first set, 6-0.
At the conclusion of the match, Axel Nefve led his first set over No. 102 Simon Baudry, 6-5, while Ciamarra was up 4-1 in the second.
The Irish conclude the regular season with a 4:30 p.m. match against the Omaha Mavericks.
Notre Dame will then head to Cary, North Carolina for the ACC Championships later this week as they boast a final regular season conference record of 5-7.
#27 University of Notre Dame 5, Clemson 0
1. Axel Nefve (ND) vs. #102 Simon Baudry (CLEM) 6-5, unfinished
2. #59 Richard Ciamarra (ND) vs. Yizhou Liu (CLEM) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
3. #109 Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Pierre-Louis Dodens (CLEM) 5-0, retired
4. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Mike Agee (CLEM) 6-2, 6-0
5. William Howells (ND) def. Jacob Jahn (CLEM) 6-0, 6-3
6. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Cole Gordon (CLEM) 6-2, 6-0
1. Richard Ciamarra/Axel Nefve (ND) def. Yizhou Liu/Simon Baudry (CLEM) 6-1
2. Pierre-Louis Dodens/Jacob Jahn (CLEM) def. Grayson Broadus/Matt Gamble (ND) 6-2
3. Guillermo Cabrera/William Howells (ND) def. Mike Agee/Reed Rabideau (CLEM) 6-2
University of Notre Dame 14-13; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,4,6,5)