Nov. 12, 2015
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – University of Notre Dame men’s tennis seniors Quentin Monaghan and Alex Lawson are into the quarterfinal at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships after a dominating performance to open play Thursday.
The 28th-ranked pair, who received a bye into the Round of 16 of the 20-team tournament, upended Stanford’s Tom Fawcett and David Wilczynski 6-2, 6-3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The duo breezed through the first set, then broke the Cardinal tandem to take a 4-2 lead in the second and never looked back.
Monaghan and Lawson will play the winner of the match between Florida’s Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson and Oklahoma State’s Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe on Friday.
It was a mode of payback of sorts for Monaghan, who earlier in the day fell to the 20th-ranked Fawcett in the singles Round of 32, 6-2, 6-4. Monaghan will head to the consolation round, with match-ups to be determined.
The rest of the Irish team will kick off play at the Bulldog Scramble, beginning at 10 a.m. ET Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center at the University of Georgia.
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
November 12-15, 2-15
Round of 32
No. 20 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. No. 5 Quentin Monaghan (ND), 6-2, 6-4
Round of 32
No. 28 Quentin Monaghan / Alex Lawson (ND), bye
Round of 16
No. 28 Quentin Monaghan / Alex Lawson (ND) def. Tom Fawcett / David Wilczynski (STAN), 6-2, 6-3
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.