Oct. 4, 2016
By Joanne Norell
TULSA, Okla. — It was a productive day for University of Notre Dame men’s tennis seniors Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi on Tuesday at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships. The pair earned a slot in the doubles main draw, while Hagar also advanced to the main singles bracket after three rounds of qualifying play.
The top seed in the qualifying bracket, 26th-ranked Covalschi and Hagar needed a second effort to get past Denver’s No. 42 Alex Gasson and Yannik James. After dropping the first set 6-4, the Irish duo bounced back to solidify a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(4) victory to play their way into a Thursday match.
– NDMensTennis (@NDMensTennis) October 5, 2016
Earlier in the day, 70th-ranked Hagar picked up a pair of straight-set wins to earn his main draw spot. He defeated Virginia’s Luca Corintelli 6-2, 6-3 in the Round of 32, then capped the day with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 80th-ranked Jack Findel-Hawkins of North Florida, 6-2, 6-4.
– NDMensTennis (@NDMensTennis) October 4, 2016
The 12th seed of the qualifying rounds, Hagar is one of eight to have earned a spot in the main draw. He is now 5-1 in singles matches on the fall and is 8-1 in his last nine matches dating back to last season.
Main draw matches will begin Thursday and will stream live on FloTennis.
ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 1-10, 2016
Case Tennis Center
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.