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Irish Defeat Blue Demons, Fall To Cavaliers On Saturday

March 18, 2017

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By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team returned to the Eck Tennis Pavilion after an extended time away Saturday, splitting the two matches of its doubleheader with a 6-1 loss to Atlantic Coast Conference opponent and No. 3 Virginia and a 6-1 win over DePaul.

How It Happened

In the first match of the afternoon, the Cavaliers (15-0, 2-0 ACC) won the doubles point, earning victories on Courts 1 and 3 to claim the early advantage.

Virginia then won three straight singles matches to clinch the conference victory at 4-0, snatching straight-set decisions on Courts 4, 1, and 3.

Freshman Guillermo Cabrera helped the Irish get on the board next, winning 6-4, 6-4 over Luca Corinteli at the No. 6 position. At Nos. 2 and 5, senior Eddy Covalschi and freshman Matt Gamble respectively forced third sets before ultimately falling at each position.

In the evening showdown, the Irish (9-6, 1-2 ACC) came away with the point at doubles, winning quick matches on Courts 1 and 2 to go ahead. Twelfth-ranked seniors Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi upended Alex Galoustian and Nathan de Veer 6-1 at the top spot to begin the match, while junior Brendon Kempin and freshman Johnathan Small won 6-3 over Tim Corwin and Boris Spanjaard to clinch.

Gamble gave the Irish a 2-0 lead, handling Christopher Casati in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 4. He was followed by Cabrera, who scooped up his second win of the day with a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Boris Spanjaard at the No. 3 position. Hagar clinched the victory, downing de Veer 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 slot.

Kempin added to the lead with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Fran Tonejc on Court 6, while Small defeated Corwin 6-2, 7-5 on Court 5.

DePaul (10-6) didn’t score until the final match was decided, with Galoustian defeating sophomore Alex Lebedev in three sets on Court 2.

Up Next

The Irish will head to Virginia Tech next Friday to take on the Hokies at 3 p.m. ET at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center


No. 3 Virginia 6, No. 37 Notre Dame 1
March 18, 2017
Eck Tennis Pavilion
1. No. 9 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) def. No. 33 Josh Hagar (ND) 6-0, 6-3
2. No. 60 Collin Altamirano (UVA) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
3. Alexander Ritschard (UVA) def. Alex Lebedev (ND) 6-1, 6-3
4. No. 59 J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-2, 6-1
5. Henrik Wiersholm (UVA) def. Matt Gamble (ND) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
6. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Luca Corinteli (UVA) 6-4, 6-4
1. Luca Corinteli / Henrik Wiersholm (UVA) def. No. 12 Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) 6-3
2. Matt Gamble / Alex Lebedev (ND) vs. Alexander Ritschard / Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) 4-4, unfinished
3. Collin Altamirano / J.C. Aragone (UVA) def. Grayson Broadus / Brendon Kempin (ND) 6-1

#37 Notre Dame 6, DePaul 1
March 18, 2017
Eck Tennis Pavilion
1. No. 33 Josh Hagar (ND) def. Nathan de Veer (DE) 6-1, 6-4
2. Alex Galoustian (DEP) def. Alex Lebedev (ND) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Boris Spanjaard (DEP) 6-0, 6-2
4. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Christopher Casati (DEP) 6-0, 6-0
5. Johnathan Small (ND) def. Tim Corwin (DEP) 6-2, 7-5
6. Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Fran Tonejc (DEP) 7-6(5), 6-2
1. No. 12 Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alex Galoustian / Nathan de Veer (DEP) 6-1
2. Brendon Kempin / Johnathan Small (ND) def. Tim Corwin / Boris Spanjaard (DEP) 6-3
3. Drew Dawson / Nathan Griffin (ND) vs. Christopher Casati / Fran Tonejc (DEP) 3-4, unfinished

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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.