Nov. 8, 2008
WILLIAMSBURGH, Va. –
The Irish men’s tennis team finished the second day of play at the William & Mary Invitational on Saturday, posting a perfect 6-0 record in singles play, while also notching five doubles wins. Through two days of play at the event, Notre Dame has 17 singles wins, including three in as many matches by sophomores Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hill Christian School) and Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman).
The Irish dominated play on day one of the Invite, posting 11 singles wins in 12 singles matches, while also adding a doubles triumph. At the top of the lineup, sophomores Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and Havens each won two matches. Stahl defeated Omer Abramovich of the College of Charleston 6-2, 2-6, (7) in fight one action. Then, in flight two, he knocked off Keziel Juneau of William & Mary, 6-4, 6-4. Havens’ flight one win came over Dominic Pagon, also of William & Mary. In flight two, he defeated the College of Charleston’s Lukas Koncilia 6-2, 5-7 (4).
Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan) went 1-1 as Notre Dame’s only flight three competitor on Friday. His win came over Sebastien Vidal of William & Mary 6-3, 6-2.
The Irish had two wins in flights four, five and six on day one. Their flight four wins came from sophomore David Anderson (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) and freshman Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland). Anderson defeated Joe Nicolazzi 6-2, 6-3; while Watt notched a tie-break win over Richard Wardell 3-6, 6-1 (8).
Watt also won his flight five match versus Steven Myers 6-3, 6-4. Watt’s classmate Niall Fitzgerald (Wicklow, Ireland/Blackrock College) won his match in flight five as well, 6-2, 6-2, over William & Mary’s Ilja Orre.
In flight six action, Fitzgerald netted a 6-1, 6-0 win against the College of Charleston’s Victor Wibreus. Sophomore Matt Johnson (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) chipped in with a win over Varun Pandit of William & Mary 6-2, 6-2.
In day-one doubles play, Notre Dame’s victory came in flight three where Johnson teamed with Havens to defeat Wardell and Pandit of William & Mary, 8-2.
On day two, Havens once again led the Irish, posting a singles win and taking part in two doubles triumphs. His singles victory came in a flight two matchup versus Mattias Sarrazin of Maryland. Havens earned a 1-6, 6-3 (6) win over Sarrazin. He also teamed with Davis for a doubles win over Koncilia and Boyer, 8-3, in flight one. Havens’ second doubles win on Saturday came in flight three, where he was teamed with Johnson. The Irish duo proved victorious over Potarazu and Aksanov of Maryland, 8-3.
In singles flight one, Stahl beat Maryland’s David Kwon 6-2, 6-3, running his singles record at the invite to 3-0. Davis (flight three), Anderson (flight four), Watt (flight five) and Fitzgerald (flight six) all defeated opposition from Maryland in day-two singles play as well. Davis won 6-3, 6-3 over Boris Fetbroyt, Anderson 6-2, 6-3 over Nickolai Nelson, Watt 6-0, 7-6 (3) against Alex Aksanov and Fitzgerald beat Roshan Potarazu, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Senior captain Santiago Montoya (Austin, Texas/St. Stephen’s Episcopal School) paired with Johnson to earn his first win of the weekend, as they defeated Nicolazzi and Myers of the College of Charleston, 8-6. Sean Tan (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) also notched his first win at the event in doubles play. The sophomore teamed with Anderson to overcome Nielson and Sarrazin of Maryland, 8-5.
All told, the Irish are 17-1 in singles play and 6-3 in doubles for a combined 23-4 mark after two days of play at the event. The invite, being held at William & Mary’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center concludes on Sunday, November 9, with doubles play beginning at 9 a.m. followed by singles competition at 10 a.m. When the event concludes, the players and doubles teams with the top point totals will be named to the event’s All-Tournament Team.