Oct. 5, 2017
By Joanne Norell
TULSA, Okla. – University of Notre Dame men’s tennis junior Alex Lebedev is into the second round of the main draw at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships after taking down a top 10 opponent in Thursday’s opening round at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa.
Lebedev, ranked No. 104 in the preseason Oracle/ITA singles rankings, defeated No. 9 William Bushamuka of Kentucky after Bushamuka withdrew in the midst of the second set. Lebedev had a one-set lead and was leading in the set.
Lebedev cruised through the first stanza, earning the first break to go up 2-1 and winning out to claim the set. He repeated the process in the second, going up 3-1 before Bushamuka withdrew.
Lebedev will advance to Friday’s Round of 32, where he will face No. 29 JJ Wolf of Ohio State.
Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Singles – Main Draw
Round of 64
No. 104 Alex Lebedev (ND) def. No. 9 William Bushamuka (UK) 6-1, 3-1, ret.
Round of 32
No. 104 Alex Lebedev (ND) vs. No. 29 JJ Wolf (OSU)
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 men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.