Oct. 6, 2016
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame men’s tennis seniors Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar are into the Round of 16 in the doubles main draw at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships, having won their fourth in a row and continuing in the Irish tradition of strong doubles play on the national level.
The 26th-ranked Covalschi and Hagar, who played into the main draw after breezing through the qualifying bracket, upended 5-8 seed and eighth-ranked Tommy Bennett and David Warren of Rice, 6-4, 6-4. The Irish pair will face New Mexico’s 15th-ranked Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen on Friday.
Earlier in the day, Hagar fell to No. 13 Florian Lakat 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the singles main draw. Hagar also earned his spot in the main draw thanks to a strong show in qualifying.
Play continues at the All-American Championships through Monday, when both singles and doubles championships are slated to take place. Main draw matches are streaming live on FloTennis ($), with live scores updated on streamingtennis.com/Tulsa.
ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 1-10, 2016
Case Tennis Center
Main Draw Singles
No. 13 [9-16] Florian Lakat (CAL) def. No. 70 Josh Hagar (ND), 6-4, 6-2
Main Draw Doubles
No. T-26 Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. No. 8 [5-8] Tommy Bennett / David Warren (RICE), 6-4 6-4
No. 70  Josh Hagar (ND) def. No. 80 Jack Findel-Hawkins (UNF), 6-2, 6-4
No. 70  Josh Hagar (ND) def. Luca Corintelli (UVA) 6-2, 6-3
No. 70  Josh Hagar (ND) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 68  Mitch Stewart (UW) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND), 6-2, 6-3
Qualifying Singles Consolation
Raheel Manji (IU) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Round of 16
No. T-26  Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. No. 42 Alex Gasson / Yannik James (DEN), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(4)
Round of 32
No. T-26  Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. Thibualt Forget / Logan Smith (USC), 7-5, 7-5
Round of 64
No. T-26  Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. Egbert Weverink / Joe Woolley (Utah), 7-5, 6-0
Round of 256
Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Victor Pereira (EMU), 6-1, 6-3
Round of 128
Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Alex Lebedev (ND), 6-4, 6-2
— ND —
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 women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.