Alex Lawson returning a shot (Mike Bennett)

Irish Duo Into Doubles Semifinal At National Indoors

Nov. 13, 2015

By Joanne Norell

USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Home Page

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — University of Notre Dame men’s tennis seniors Quentin Monaghan and Alex Lawson continued their impressive doubles run this fall, advancing to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Friday at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

In the evening, Monaghan and Lawson continued to harness the momentum that has seen the pair win its last seven doubles matches. The 28th-ranked duo rallied from a second-set loss to No. 23 Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson of Florida 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-7 to move into the semifinals.

Monaghan and Lawson will play the winner of the quarterfinal match between North Carolina’s Brett Clark and Robert Kelly and Georgia Gwinnett’s Jordan Cox and Kevin Konfederak.

Monaghan got the day off on the right foot in consolation singles action, defeating Oklahoma’s Alex Ghilea 6-4, 7-5. The fifth-ranked Irish senior cruised to a first-set win, then fought back after going down a break to limit the match to two sets. He will play Indiana’s Sam Monette in the consolation quarterfinal on Saturday.

USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
November 12-15, 2-15
Singles Consolation Round of 16
No. 5 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. No. 50 Alex Ghilea (OU), 6-4, 7-5
Doubles Quarterfinal
No. 28 Quentin Monaghan / Alex Lawson (ND) def. No. 23 Diego Hidalgo / Gordon Watson (UF), 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-7
Round of 32
No. 20 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. No. 5 Quentin Monaghan (ND), 6-2, 6-4
Round of 32
No. 28 Quentin Monaghan / Alex Lawson (ND), bye
Round of 16
No. 28 Quentin Monaghan / Alex Lawson (ND) def. Tom Fawcett / David Wilczynski (STAN), 6-2, 6-3

ATHENS, Ga. — The rest of the Irish kicked off action at the Bulldog Scramble at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Friday, putting a full day with two rounds of singles and a round of doubles in the round robin format.

The Irish went 6-8 in singles play, with freshmen Nathan Griffin and Daniel Rayl each going 2-0 on the day. Griffin defeated Harvard’s Xavier Gonzalez 6-1, 6-3, and Grant Solomon 7-6, 6-7, 7-5. Rayl upended Harvard’s Kelvin Lam 7-6, 2-6, 6-2, and Georgia Tech’s Elijah Melendez 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Junior Eddy Covalschi also picked up a win, defeating Georgia Tech’s Carlos Benito 7-5, 6-4, and senior Kenneth Sabacinski downed Kenny Tao of Harvard, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.

In doubles play, Covalschi and sophomore Brendon Kempin picked up the only Irish win of the day over Harvard’s Brian Yeung and Andy Zhou, 6-3.

Play will continue tomorrow with two rounds of doubles and a round of singles.

Bulldog Scramble
Dan Magill Tennis Complex
Athens, Georgia
November 13-15, 2015

Eddy Covalschi (Notre Dame) def. Carlos Benito (Georgia Tech), 7-5, 6-4
Nathan Griffin (Notre Dame) def. Xavier Gonzalez (Harvard), 6-1, 6-3
Nathan Griffin (Notre Dame) def. Grant Solomon (Harvard), 7-6, 6-7, 7-5
Daniel Rayl (Notre Dame) def. Kelvin Lam (Harvard), 7-6, 2-6, 6-2
Daniel Rayl (Notre Dame) def. Elijah Melendez (Georgia Tech), 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
Kenneth Sabacinski (Notre Dame) def. Kenny Tao (Harvard), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Eddy Covalschi (Notre Dame), 6-2, 6-2
Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (Notre Dame), 7-6, 6-3
Michael Kay (Georgia Tech) def. Grayson Broadus (Notre Dame), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
Austin Siegel (Oklahoma) def. Nicolas Montoya (Notre Dame), 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3
Elijah Melendez (Georgia Tech) def. Brendon Kempin (Notre Dame), 6-4, 6-4
Alex Fennell (South Carolina) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (Notre Dame), 6-1, 6-2
Andy Zhou (Harvard) def. Grayson Broadus (Notre Dame), 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Kelvin Lam (Harvard) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (Notre Dame), 6-4, 6-0
Eddy Covalschi / Brendon Kempin (Notre Dame) def. Brian Yeung / Andy Zhou (Harvard), 6-3
Walker Duncan / Nick Wood (Georgia) def. Grayson Broadus / Eric Schnurrenberger (Notre Dame), 6-1
Chris Morrow / Xavier Gonzalez (Harvard) def. Nicolas Montoya / Kenny Sabacinski (Notre Dame), 6-4
Elijah Melendez / Daniel Yun (Georgia Tech) def. Nathan Griffin / Daniel Rayl (Notre Dame), 7-5

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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.