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Irish Play Into Quarterfinal Rounds At ITA Regional

Oct. 22, 2016

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By Joanne Norell

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four University of Notre Dame men’s tennis student-athletes remain in contention as play narrows to the quarterfinal round in both singles and doubles at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships at the Varsity Tennis Center at Ohio State.

Sophomore Alex Lebedev will play in the singles quarterfinal Sunday after winning in the rounds of 32 and 16 Saturday. Lebedev and freshman partner Matt Gamble are also into the doubles quarterfinal, while top-seeded senior duo Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi also remain in play.

Lebedev, the 18th-seed of the bracket, defeated Northwestern’s 13th-seeded Dominik Stary 7-6, 6-4 in the Round of 32, then Valparaiso’s Charlie Emhardt, 6-1, 6-4. He will play Michigan’s 19th-seeded Myles Schalet on Sunday.

Fourth-seeded Hagar also won his Round of 32 singles match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 over Marquette’s Alvaro Verdu before falling to Michigan’s No. 14 seed Kevin Wong 7-6, 6-1 in the Round of 16.

In doubles, Hagar and Covalschi upended Detroit’s Artem Vasheshnikov and Ismail Kadyrov, 8-3, as well as the 10th-seeded duo from Illinois, Julian Childers and Alex Jesse, 8-4. They will face Valpo’s Kyle Dunn and Garrett Gardner on Sunday.

Lebedev and Gamble, who are seeded 11th in the doubles draw, defeated Michael Lorenzini and Chris Ephron of Northwestern, 8-4, before defeating third-seeded Hunter Tubert and Martin Joyce of Ohio State, 8-6. They will take on Valparaiso duo Chad Kissell and Dave Bacalla on Sunday.

Covalschi and sophomore Daniel Rayl both picked up victories in consolation singles play, as well.

The quarterfinal round of singles will take place at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, followed by the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of doubles play. Regional competition will wrap Monday with the singles semifinals and singles and doubles championships.

ITA Midwest Regional Championships presented by Oracle
Varsity Tennis Center
Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 20-24, 2016
Main Draw Singles Round of 64
[4] No. 70 Josh Hagar (ND) def. Artem Vasheshnikov (DET), 6-3, 6-4
[18] Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Darius MacKenzie (WIS) 6-2, 6-0
[21] Johnathan Small (ND) def. Carl Hedstrom (UIC), 6-4, 6-4
[24] Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Andreas Boers (ISU) 7-5, 6-2
Matt Gamble (ND) def. [23] Nico Mostardi (CSU), 6-3, 6-2
[3] No. 65 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Daniel Rayl (ND), 6-2, 6-3
Luke Smrek (MARQ) def. [12] Eddy Covalschi (ND), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Riley Reist (OSU) def. [20] Grayson Broadus (ND), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Brendon Kempin (ND), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Main Draw Singles Round of 32
[4] No. 70 Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alvaro Verdu (MARQ), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
[18] Alex Lebedev (ND) def. [13] Dominik Stary (NU), 7-6, 6-4
Maik Steiner (WMU) def. [21] Johnathan Small (ND), 6-1, 6-0
[10] Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. [24] Guillermo Cabrera (ND), 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
[14] Kevin Wong (UM) def. Matt Gamble (ND), 6-3, 6-3
Main Draw Singles Round of 16
[18] Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Charlie Emhardt (VU), 6-1, 6-4
[14] Kevin Wong (UM) def. [4] No. 70 Josh Hagar (ND), 7-6, 6-1
Main Draw Singles Quarterfinal
[18] Alex Lebedev (ND) vs. [19] Myles Schalet (UM)
Consolation Singles
Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Brett Forman (MSU), 8-6
Daniel Rayl (ND) def. Mitch Maroscher (YSU), 8-3
Qualifying Singles Round 1
[3] Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Elliot Sprecher (WIS), 6-2, 6-1
Drew Dawson (ND) def. Omar Espinosa (TOL), 6-2, 6-2
Nathan Griffin (ND) def. Benjamin Slade (CSU), 6-2, 6-3
Thomas Rodrigues (YSU) def. Conor Somers (ND), 6-3 6-3
Qualifying Singles Round 2
[3] Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Thomas Rodrigues (YSU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Nathan de Veer (DEP) def. Drew Dawson (ND), 6-2, 6-2
Nathan Ponton (DET) def. Nathan Griffin (ND) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
Qualifying Singles Round 3
[3] Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Kyle Dunn (VU), 6-4, 6-3
Main Draw Doubles Round of 64
[11] Matt Gamble / Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Alex Kim / Ivan Rakic (MSU), 8-3
[16] Grayson Broadus / Johnathan Small (ND) def. John Zordani / Darius MacKenzie (WIS), 8-4
Guillermo Cabrera / Drew Dawson (ND) def. Joshua Schramm / Ivan Radomirovic (WGB), 8-2
[7] Runhao Hua / Myles Schalet (UM) def. Daniel Rayl / Conor Somers (ND), 8-3
[14] Maik Steiner / Jannik Opitz (WMU) def. Nathan Griffin / Brendon Kempin (ND), 8-3
[1] No. 26 Josh Hagar / Eddy Covalschi (ND), bye
Main Draw Doubles Round of 32
[1] No. 26 Josh Hagar / Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Artem Vasheshnikov / Ismail Kadyrov (DET), 8-3
[11] Matt Gamble / Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Michael Lorenzini / Chris Ephron (NU), 8-4
Billy Heckman / Nick Schnobel (WMU) def. [16] Grayson Broadus / Johnathan Small (ND), 8-5
[4] Jonathan Malik / Kevin Wong (UM) def. Guillermo Cabrera / Drew Dawson (ND), 8-3
Main Draw Doubles Round of 16
[1] No. 26 Josh Hagar / Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. [10] Julian Childers / Alex Jesse (UI), 8-4
[11] Matt Gamble / Alex Lebedev (ND) def. [3] Hunter Tubert / Martin Joyce (OSU), 8-6
Main Draw Doubles Quarterfinal
[1] No. 26 Josh Hagar / Eddy Covalschi (ND) vs. Kyle Dunn / Garrett Gardner (VU)
[11] Matt Gamble / Alex Lebedev (ND) vs. [12] Chad Kissell / Dave Bacalla (VU)

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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.