STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Notre Dame men’s tennis sophomore Javier Taborga earned a spot in the main draw of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s All-American Championships, the second leg of the ITA Grand Slam, by winning a pair of qualifying matches at the Lincoln Tennis Center at Stone Mountain, Ga. Taborga defeated East Tennessee State’s 65th-ranked Gustavo?Gomez 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday to qualify for the main draw. Taborga beat Kansas’ Ed?Dus 6-0, 6-1 in his first match. He will face Auburn’s 31st-ranked Georges Matijasevic in the first round on Thursday. The main draws of singles and doubles begin on Thursday and continues through Sunday.
The ninth-ranked and fifth-seeded doubles pair of Taborga and junior Aaron Talarico — who lost 6-3, 6-4 to Mississippi State’s Rene Combette in his first qualifying match — begin play in the main draw of the doubles competition on Friday. They will play 42nd-ranked Chris McDonald and Matt Soto of Mississippi State in the first round.