Oct. 16, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Notre Dame standout Billy Pecor put forth an impressive showing as he breezed toward a spot in the quarterfinals in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships singles qualifying rounds on Thursday at the University of Michigan.
The 6-2 senior Pecor made quick work of Valparaiso’s Michael Savaglio, 6-1, 6-1, to open the day, and similarly dispatched IPFW’s Daniel Cardenas, 6-1, 6-2, to lead the Fighting Irish.
Brendon Kempin and Wyatt McCoy also moved into the second round, but advanced no further. Kempin dropped Detroit’s Rafael Orantes, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 before falling to Northwestern’s Alberto Zanotti, 6-0, 6-1. McCoy defeated IPFW’s Andres Cabos, 6-4, 6-3, but fell short against Michael Sinha (Wisconsin), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6.
Pecor will take on Detroit’s Patryk Kocielski in Friday’s quarterfinal round, which begins at 8 a.m. The first round of the main doubles draw gets underway at 1 p.m. and the main singles draw is slated to begin at 3 p.m., with the Irish entering a strong contingent in each draw. The doubles field includes the second-seeded duo of Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor, and the ninth-seeded tandem of Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar. The Irish entries in the main singles draw include No. 9 seed Josh Hagar and No. 16 Covalschi.
To track the Irish players’ progress at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships, stay tuned to UND.com, Facebook.com/NDMensTennis and Twitter (@NDMensTennis).
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Singles Qualifying Draw
Brendon Kempin def. Rafael Orantes (Detroit), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Wyatt McCoy def. Andres Cabos (IPFW), 6-4, 6-3
Billy Pecor def. Michael Savaglio (Valparaiso), 6-1, 6-1
Alp Horoz (NU) def. Michael Fredericka, 3-6, 4-6
Charlie Ernhardt (Valparaiso) def. Drew Dawson, 3-6, 1-6
Alberto Zanotti (NU) def. Brendon Kempin, 0-6, 1-6
Billy Pecor def. Daniel Cardenas (IPFW), 6-1, 6-2
Michael Sinha (Wisconsin) def. Wyatt McCoy, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6
Singles Qualifying Draw
Billy Pecor vs. Patryk Kocielski (Detroit), 8 a.m.
Doubles Main Draw
Singles Main Draw
Alex Lawson vs. Joe VanMeter (Cleveland State)
Eric Schnurrenberger vs. TBD
Josh Hagar vs. Brian Page (Illinois)
Kenneth Sabacinski vs. Runhao Hua (Michigan)
Eddy Covalschi vs. Mark Singnil (Toledo)
–Joanne Norell, Media Relations Assistant