Sept. 28, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team continued play in the Tom Fallon Invitational Friday at the Courtney Tennis Center and the Eck Tennis Pavilion, recording 21 victories in the second day of competition. Play continues tomorrow in the Tom Fallon Invitational as Notre Dame takes on Harvard (singles only) at 9:00 a.m., Ball State (singles only) at 1:00 p.m. and Purdue (doubles only) at 5:00 p.m.
Fourteen different players walked off the court triumphant for the Irish and four players tallied three victories on the day. Seniors Andrew Laflin (Tampa, Fla.) and Aaron Talarico (Laguna Beach, Calif.), as well as sophomore Luis Haddock-Morales (Caguas, Puerto Rico) and freshman Brent D’Amico (Centennial, Colo.) all won two singles matches and a doubles match without losing.
Haddock-Morales improves his career record at the Tom Fallon Invitational to 13-0 after downing Purdue’s Derek Miller 6-4, 7-5 and Indiana State’s David O’Connell 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) in singles before teaming up with Talarico to defeat William Lee and Mark Riddell of Harvard 8-6. Haddock-Morales is ranked 100th nationally in singles and the team of Haddock-Morales and Talarico is ranked 30th. Talarico was victorious over Purdue’s Carl McCafferty 6-1, 6-3 and Butler’s Brandon Curry 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) in singles.
Laflin registered singles victories over Purdue’s Laith Al-Agba 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) and Butler’s Jimmy Borendame 6-3, 6-2 and then teamed with sophomore Matthew Scott (Paris, France) to beat the Boilermaker pair of Al-Agba and Sounak Chatterjee.
D’Amico gained his first two collegiate singles victories, beating William & Mary’s Matt Davis 6-0, 6-1 and Purdue’s Scott Mayer 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3). D’Amico and junior Brian Farrell (Lilburn, Ga.) combined for their second win in as many days by beating Harvard’s Chris Chiou and Brian Wan.
Farrell and Scott also won in singles play, while freshman Paul McNaughton (Hinsdale, Ill.) won in each of his first two collegiate singles matches, both in match tiebreakers. McNaughton beat Purdue’s Seth McKinley 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) and Indiana State’s Dalibor Milhajlovic 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (13-11).
Classmate James Bass (Bronxville, N.Y.) also gained his first collegiate win by defeating Harvard’s Dan Haimovic 3-6, 4-1, ret. Jimmy Rogers (South Bend, Ind.) won for the first time in his collegiate career as well when he teamed with Jake Cram (Littleton, Colo.) to beat Travis Crawford and Matt Laramore of Ball State 8-4 in doubles.
The Tom Fallon Invitational, known as the Irish Invitational until the name was changed in 1988, honors Notre Dame coaching legend Tom Fallon, who coached the Irish for 31 years from 1957-87. Fallon, a member of the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, amassed a career record of 511-200 and helped Notre Dame to a share of the 1959 national title.
The tournament was changed from a “flight” format to a “hidden dual” format in 2000. Teams play simulated matches against each other, but there are no team scores recorded. Each scheduled “match” will consist of either eight singles matches or four doubles matches. Singles matches consist of two sets and a supertiebreaker (first to 10 points) instead of a third set. Doubles matches are one eight-game pro set. Collegiate Game Scoring (CGS) is utilized — as it will be for all ITA-sanctioned events this fall. It is basically a “one-ad” format, a game point ensues on the second deuce of a game. All individual results are counted for ranking purposes.
Singles Chris Chiou (Harvard) d. Ashok Raju (ND) 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
Brent Saiontz (H) d. Chancey Martin (ND) 7-5, 6-4
#76 Javier Taborga (ND) d. Scott Mayer (Purdue) 6-3, 6-0
Andrew Wakefield (P) d. #38 Casey Smith (ND) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
Aaron Talarico (ND) d. Carl McCafferty (P) 6-1, 6-3
#100 Luis Haddock-Morales (ND) d. Derek Miller (P) 6-4, 7-5
Matthew Scott (ND) d. Sounak Chatterjee (P) 6-3, 6-0
Andrew Laflin (ND) d. Laith Al-Agba (P) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
James Malhame (ND) d. Troy Havens (P) 6-1, 7-6
Paul McNaughton (ND) d. Seth McKinley (P) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
Jeffrey Kader (William & Mary) d. Brian Farrell (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Brent D’Amico (ND) d. Matt Davis (WM) 6-0, 6-1
Charles Briggs (WM) d. Raju (ND) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8)
Joe Brooks (WM) d. Ben Hatten (ND) 6-2, 6-0
Jack Malmgren (WM) d. Bryan Acken (ND) 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Kevin Burnett (Ball State) d. Jimmy Rogers (ND) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12-10)
Klint Knable (BS) d. Jake Cram (ND) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
Vedran Vidovic (IS) d. #76 Taborga (ND) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (10-7)
#68 Stefan Hirn (IS) d. #38 Smith (ND) 6-3, 7-5
Talarico (ND) d. Brandon Curry (Butler) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
#100 Haddock-Morales (ND) d. David O’Connell (IS) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
Lovre Brajkovic (IS) d. Scott (ND) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
Laflin (ND) d. Jimmy Borendame (B) 6-3, 6-2
McNaughton (ND) d. Dalibor Milhajlovic (IS) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (13-11)
Farrell (ND) d. Derek Miller (P) 6-1, 6-3
D’Amico (ND) d. Mayer (P) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3)
Dan Swan (P) d. Acken (ND) 6-2, 6-3
James Bass (ND) d. Dan Haimovic (H) 3-6, 4-1, ret.
Bryan Wan (H) d. Peter Graham (ND) 6-3, 6-4
Wan (H) d. Philip Lem (ND) 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7)
Oli Choo/Jonathan Chu (H) d. #34 Smith/Taborga (ND) 8-5
#30 Haddock-Morales/Talarico (ND) d. William Lee/Mark Riddell (H) 8-6
D’Amico/Farrell (ND) d. Chiou/Wan (H) 9-7
Cliff Nguyen/George Turner (H) d. Malhame/McNaughton (ND) 9-8 (8-6)
Cody Jackson (Rice)/Raju (ND) d. Brad Rhodes/Andrew Seni (BS) 8-3
Burnett/Knable (BS) d. Hatten/Lem (ND) 8-5
Cram/Rogers (ND) d. Travis Crawford/Matt Laramore (BS) 8-4
Michael Heule/Andy Rector (BS) d. Tim Giattina/Martin (ND) 8-2
Hirn (IS)/T Moss (ND) d. Josh Efros/Cameron Marshall (Mich. St.) 8-4
Laflin/Scott (ND) d. Al-Agba/Chatterjee (P) 8-4