March 13, 2016
By Joanne Norell
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The No. 38 University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team fell back to .500 on the season Sunday in a 7-0 loss to No. 9 Wake Forest in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The Demon Deacons (17-4, 3-1 ACC) cruised to the doubles point, getting speedy wins on Courts 1 and 2. No. 19 Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim defeated junior Eddy Covalschi and Alex Lawson 6-2 at the No. 1 spot, while Petros Chrysochos and Jon Ho defeated No. 71 freshman Grayson Broadus and senior Quentin Monaghan by the same score at No. 2.
Wake Forest took a commanding lead during singles play, winning the first set on five of the six courts en route to the victory. The Demon Deacons took a 2-0 lead as Seraphim defeated freshman Daniel Rayl 6-2, 6-3 on Court 6, then went up 3-0 as Covalschi fell to No. 45 Petros Chrysochos at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-3. They clinched the win when Dennis Uspensky upended Broadus 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5.
Lawson looked to force a third set in his match against Ho on Court 3, but couldn’t escape the tiebreaker in a 6-3, 7-6(4) loss to put Wake Forest up 5-0. Hagar also fell to Romain Bogaerts at No. 4, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 42 Monaghan won the first set in a tiebreaker against 19th-ranked Mansouri, but fell in the following two sets in a 6-7(5) 6-2, 10-5 decision.
The Irish (8-8, 2-2 ACC) will return home next weekend, hosting Duke at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday and Miami at noon ET Sunday.
No. 9 Wake Forest 7, No. 38 Notre Dame 0
1. No. 19 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. No. 42 Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-5
2. No. 45 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-1, 6-3
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-3, 7-6(4)
4. Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-3, 6-4
5. Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-4, 6-4
6. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Daniel Rayl (ND) 6-2, 6-3
1. No. 19 Skander Mansouri / Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Eddy Covalschi / Alex Lawson (ND) 6-2
2. Petros Chrysochos / Jon Ho (WF) def. No. 71 Grayson Broadus / Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-2
3. Josh Hagar / Nicolas Montoya (ND) vs. Romain Bogaerts / Dennis Uspensky (WF) 3-3, unfinished
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant 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 women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.