March 25, 2018
The No. 26 University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team (12-9) completed a sweep of a double header on Sunday, March 25, 2018, with a 6-1 victory over IUPUI (6-11) at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Irish started the day with a 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia Tech.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame secured the doubles point behind a 6-3 win at No. 2 by William Howells and Tristan McCormick by a score of 6-3. The No. 3 team of Drew Dawson and Nathan Griffin had already secured a quick 6-2 win in their match to begin doubles play.
After falling behind 3-0, the No. 1 team of Richard Ciamarra and Brendon Krempin rallied back to take a 5-4 lead before the No. 2 team victory ended their match.
Jonathan Small would earn the match victory for the Irish with the fourth point of the afternoon for the home team, taking No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 1 singles, Guillermo Cabrera won game one 6-0, then rallied for a 7-6 (7-3) victory in game two and provide a 6-0 cushion for the Irish.
The final match ended up as the longest of the day, as No. 4 singles Nathan Griffin ralled from a 4-6 first-set loss to win the second set 7-6 (8-6). IUPUI’s Ethan Mardanus-Budiono ended the match via the third-set tiebreaker 10-6.
NEXT UP FOR THE IRISH
The Irish face a challenging road trip to No. 23 NC State on Friday, March 30 before a Easter Sunday showdown with No. 1 Wake Forest.
IUPUI vs Notre Dame
Mar 25, 2018 at Notre Dame, IN
(Eck Tennis Pavilion)
#26 Notre Dame 6, IUPUI 1
1. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. David Beasley (IUPUI) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Sean Bailey (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-1
3. Johnathan Small (ND) def. Eric Hollingsworth (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-2
4. Ethan Mardanus-Budio (IUPUI) def. Nathan Griffin (ND) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 1-0 (10-6)
5. Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Grant Esposito (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-4
6. Paul Gota (ND) def. Michael Koch (IUPUI) 6-0, 6-2
1. Richard Ciamarra/Brendon Kempin (ND) def. David Beasley/Grant Esposito (IUPUI) 5-4
2. William Howells/Tristan McCormick (ND) def. Ethan Mardanus-Budio/Kyle Whittaker (IUPUI) 6-3
3. Drew Dawson/Nathan Griffin (ND) def. Sean Bailey/Grant Weaver (IUPUI) 6-2
Notre Dame 11-9; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,3,5,1,4)