Sept. 23, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. –
The Irish men’s tennis team posted another day of strong results on day two of the 38th annual Tom Fallon Invitational. Notre Dame went 8-1 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles action. Coupled with Friday’s 14-0 mark in singles action and 2-1 record in doubles, the Irish are 22-1 overall in singles and 5-1 in doubles during the past two days of competition.
For the second consecutive day, rain moved the four-team event indoors to the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Notre Dame, Ball State, Purdue and Western Michigan will all be in action again on Sun., Sept. 23 for the third and final day of competition.
Sheeva Parbhu, ranked 20th nationally and the highest ranked player of any in the tournament, proved dominant for the second straight day with a straight-set victory over Paul Rose Purdue 6-3, 6-4.
Notre Dame also had five other players register straight-set victories. Barry King defeated Branko Kuzmanovic of Purdue 6-3, 6-2; Ryan Keckley dispatched Eric Hodgman of Purdue 6-1, 6-3; Andrew Roth ousted Griffin Nienberg of Purdue 6-0, 6-4 and Irackli Akhvlediani registered a 6-1, 6-4 win over the Boilermakers’ Paul Foley 6-1, 6-4.
Brett Helgeson needed a tiebreaker to pull out a victory over Kurt Zaski of Purdue. After dropping the first set 6-1 and winning the second set 6-3, Hegelson earned the win by winning the tiebreaker 10-6.
Two of Notre Dame’s other singles wins were by Sean Corrigan. He beat Scott Warner of Purdue 8-5 and then defeated Jose Fuenmayor of Purdue by the same 8-5 count.
The lone loss at singles was Takashi Yoshii who fell 8-2 to Fuenmayor. In doubles action, the No. 36-ranked doubles tandem of Keckley and Parbhu outlasted Tim Bradshaw and Brady Crosby of Western Michigan 8-6. King and Kelgeson defeated the Broncos’ Bryan Norville and Alex Birchmeier by the same 8-6 score as did Roth and Santiago Montoya who defeated Alejandro Staub and John Pelton of Western Michigan.