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Irish Fall to Two Ranked Opponents on Southern Road Swing

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The Notre Dame Men’s Tennis team fell to two top-25 teams on the road this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Lexington, Kentucky.

Friday, the Irish battled the No. 10 Volunteers, ultimately falling, 7-0. In doubles competition, Richard Ciamarra and Matt Gamble earned the victory, 7-5, but it wasn’t enough as the Vols captured the doubles point. Ciamarra, the sixth-ranked singles player in the country, lost a hard-fought match to Johannus Monday, who prevailed, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). 

In Sunday’s action in Lexington, the Irish battled No. 21 Kentucky, but fell to the Wildcats, 7-0. In a battle of top-50 players, Ciamarra fell to No. 45 Liam Draxl, 6-4, 6-0. The Wildcats also earned the sweep on the doubles side, knocking off the first two Irish duos to clinch the doubles point.

#10 Tennessee Volunteers 7, Notre Dame Men’s Tennis 0 

Singles competition 

  1. #24 Adam Walton (UT) def. Axel Nefve (NDMTEN) 6-1, 6-4 
  2. Johannus Monday (UT) def. #6 Richard Ciamarra (NDMTEN) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) 
  3. Martim Prata (UT) def. Tristan McCormick (NDMTEN) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 
  4. Giles Hussey (UT) def. Matthew Che (NDMTEN) 6-3, 6-1 
  5. Luca Wiedenmann (UT) def. Connor Fu (NDMTEN) 6-3, 6-4 
  6. Pat Harper (UT) def. Brandon Ancona (NDMTEN) 6-3, 7-5 

Doubles competition 

  1. Adam Walton/Pat Harper (UT) def. #19 Tristan McCormick/Axel Nefve (NDMTEN) 7-5 
  2. Richard Ciamarra/Matt Gamble (NDMTEN) def. Johannus Monday/Martim Prata (UT) 7-5 
  3. Giles Hussey/Mark Wallner (UT) def. Brandon Ancona/William Howells (NDMTEN) 6-4

#21 Kentucky 7, Notre Dame 0 

Singles competition 

  1. #45 Liam Draxl (UK) def. #6 Richard Ciamarra (NDMTEN) 6-4, 6-0 
  2. Millen Hurrion (UK) def. Axel Nefve (NDMTEN) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 
  3. #123 Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. Tristan McCormick (NDMTEN) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) 
  4. Gabriel Diallo (UK) def. Matthew Che (NDMTEN) 6-3, 6-2 
  5. Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Brandon Ancona (NDMTEN) 8-5 
  6. Mathis Moysan (UK) def. Connor Fu (NDMTEN) 8-6 

Doubles competition 

  1. Gabriel Diallo/Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. #19 Tristan McCormick/Axel Nefve (NDMTEN) 6-3 
  2. Millen Hurrion/Ying-Ze Chen (UK) vs. Richard Ciamarra/Matt Gamble (NDMTEN) 5-3, unfinished 
  3. Liam Draxl/Alexandre Leblanc (UK) def. William Howells/Brandon Ancona (NDMTEN) 6-2

Next Up
The Irish will return home on Saturday, Feb. 13, to host Western Michigan at 3 p.m. ET at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

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