Oct. 3, 2016
By Joanne Norell
TULSA, Okla. – It was a productive day at the Case Tennis Center for University of Notre Dame men’s tennis seniors Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi, as the pair still stands in qualifying doubles play, while Hagar will play on in the singles bracket at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships after play on Monday.
The qualifying round’s top-seeded duo, 26th-ranked Hagar and Covalschi picked up a pair of wins to advance to the qualifying Round of 16. The pair defeated Egbert Weverink and Joe Woolley of Utah 7-5, 6-0 in the opening round, then dispatched USC’s Thibault Forget and Logan Smith 7-5, 7-5 in the Round of 32. Hagar and Covalschi will play Denver’s 42nd-ranked Alex Gasson and Yannik James on Tuesday afternoon.
Hagar, who was the qualifying bracket’s 12th seed, defeated Texas A&M’s Max Lunkin 6-1, 6-3 to move on to Tuesday’s Round of 64. He will face Luca Corintelli of Virginia.
Covalschi, who was a late add as a qualifying round alternate, fell in the first round of singles play to 11th-seeded Mitch Stewart of Washington, 6-2, 6-3.
ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 1-10, 2016
Case Tennis Center
Round of 128
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
Round of 64
No. T-26  Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. Egbert Weverink / Joe Woolley (Utah), 7-5, 6-0
Round of 32
No. T-26  Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. Thibualt Forget / Logan Smith (USC), 7-5, 7-5
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
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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.