Junior Eddy Covalschi

Irish Impressing Through Early Rounds At ITA Midwest Regional

Oct. 23, 2015

Singles Main DrawDoubles Main Draw

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind – The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team put forth an impressive showing Friday as the main singles and doubles draws commenced at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, which the Irish are hosting at the Eck Tennis Pavilion and Lakeland Athletic Club (Niles, Michigan).

Top-seeded Quentin Monaghan breezed through his first-round matchup, dispatching Northwestern’s Jason Seidman 6-4, 6-4. Junior Eddy Covalschi battled to defeat Valparaiso’s Charlie Ernhardt, 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(6), while senior Alex Lawson and freshman Grayson Broadus battled back from first-set losses to cruise to victory in the final two sets. Lawson defeated Northwestern’s Mihir Kumar 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-2, while Broadus handled Wisconsin’s Lamar Remy by a similar 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 score.

Four of the five Irish doubles entries remained alive after one round of play. Second-seeded and 28th-ranked Lawson and Monaghan received a first-round bye, while three more pairs notched wins in the Round of 32. Fifteenth-seeed Covalschi and Kenneth Sabacinski defeated DePaul’s Tim Corwin and Ivan Divkovic 8-4; 22nd-seeded Nicolas Montoya and Eric Schnurrenberger beat Cleveland State’s Kevin Goth and Ben Slade 8-6; and Broadus and Brendon Kempin upended Cleveland State’s William Malm and Mirko Radosevic 8-6.

Play will continue Saturday with two more rounds of singles beginning at 9 a.m. ET, followed by doubles.

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ITA Midwest Regional Championships
October 22-26, 2015
Eck Tennis Pavilion | Lakeland Athletics Club
Qualifying Singles Final Round
[16] Chad Kissell (Valpo) def. [8] Daniel Rayl (ND), 6-1, 6-2
Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) def. [14] Brendon Kempin (ND), 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3
Singles Main Draw – Round of 64
[1] No. 5 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Jason Seidman (NU), 6-4, 6-4
[20] Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Charlie Ernhardt (Valpo), 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(6)
[23] Alex Lawson (ND) def. Mihir Kumar (NU), 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-2
Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Lamar Remy (UW), 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2
[5[ No. 63 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND), 6-2, 6-1
[6[ No. 93 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND), 6-1, 6-0
Kevin Wong (UM) def. [10] Eric Schnurrenberger (ND), 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Main Draw – Round of 32
[2] No. 28 Alex Lawson / Quentin Monaghan (ND), bye
[15] Eddy Covalschi / Kenneth Sabacsinki (ND) def. Tim Corwin / Ivan Divkovic (DePaul), 8-4
[22] Nicolas Montoya / Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Kevin Goth / Ben Slade (Clev. St.), 8-6
Grayson Broadus / Brendon Kempin (ND) def. William Malm / Mirko Radosevic (Clev. St.), 8-6
[23] Matt Hamilton / Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Nathan Griffin / Daniel Rayl (ND), 8-6
Qualifying Singles First Round
[8] Daniel Rayl (ND) def. Mackenzie Stearns (MU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
[14] Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Lucas Waak (Valpo), 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3
Daniel Loebel (WMU) def. [11] Drew Dawson (ND), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Gleb Sklyr (MU) def. [13] Nathan Griffin (ND), 6-3, 6-3
Qualifying Singles Second Round
[8] Daniel Rayl (ND) def. Matej Kostandinov (UWGB), 6-2, 6-4
[14] Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Alex Kim (MSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Consolation Matches
Nathan Griffin (ND) def. Darius MacKenzie (UW), 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
Colin Harvey (MSU) def. Drew Dawson (ND), 6-7(10), 6-4, 10-5


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.