Sept. 20, 2014
Olympia Fields, Ill. – Inclement weather forced Saturday’s matches at the Fighting Illini Men’s Tennis Invitational in Olympia Fields, Ill., to be moved indoors. Eight University of Notre Dame players combined for a 7-7 record in the 14 matches they played during the second day of competition.
Junior Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, N.J.) finished 2-0 as he opened up action on Saturday morning with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Thomas Weigel of North Carolina State. He followed that win up with a straight set 7-5, 6-1 victory over Nick Horton, also of North Carolina State.
Junior Kenneth Sabacinski (Plantation, Fla.) outlasted Toshiki Matsuya of Illinois, 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-4, to pick up a win in his lone match of the day. Also winning his only match of the day was junior Nicolas Montoya (Scottsdale, Ariz.). After dropping the first set 6-4, Montoya rallied to win the final two sets 6-1, 6-3 to post the victory over Shakeel Manji of Memphis.
Senior Wyatt McCoy (Shoreview, Minn.) ended up 1-1 in his two matches. After losing a 6-2, 6-2 decision in his morning match to Christian Langmo of Miami, McCoy rebounded to post a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-5 win over Gus Benson of Kentucky.
Sophomore Eddy Covalschi (Shelby Township, Mich.) also finished 1-1 on the day. He defeated Connor Glennon of Memphis in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, in the morning session, and then dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Bernard Tefel of Michigan in the afternoon.
Freshman Drew Dawson (Irvine, Calif.) split his two matches on the day, defeating Beck Bond of North Carolina State in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (4), and then falling to Miami’s Langmo, 7-6 (2), 6-4, in his second match of the day.
Freshman Brendon Kempin (Sandy, Utah) battled well in both of his matches, but finished 0-2 on Saturday. He dropped identical 6-4, 6-4 decisions to both Ryan Peniston of Memphis and Matsuya of Illinois in his two contests.
Junior Eric Schnurrenberger (Zug, Switzerland) also lost both his matches on the day. After winning the first-set tiebreaker 7-6 (4) to Horton of North Carolina State, he proceeded to drop the final two sets in tiebreakers, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (3). In his afternoon match, Schnurrenberger suffered a 6-1, 7-5 setback to Peniston of Memphis.
Fighting Illini Invitational (Olympia Fields)
Morning Session Singles
Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Thomas Weigel (NC State) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Christian Langmo (Miami) def. Wyatt McCoy (ND) 6-2, 6-2
Kenneth Sabacinski (ND) def. Toshiki Matsuya (Ilinois) 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-4
Drew Dawson (ND) def. Beck Bond (ND State) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Ryan Peniston (Memphis) def. Brendon Kempin (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Nicolas Montoya (ND) def. Shakeel Manji (Memphis) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Afternoon Session Singles
Wyatt McCoy (ND) def. Gus Benson (Kentucky) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-5
Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Bernard Tefel (Miami) 6-3, 6-1
Christian Langmo (Miami) def. Drew Dawson (ND) 7-6, (2), 6-4
Ryan Peniston (Memphis) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-1, 7-5
Toshiki Matsuya (Illinois) def. Brendon Kempin (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Nick Horton (NC State) 7-5, 6-1
Princeton, N.J. — Play continued for four players — seniors Billy Pecor (Houston, Texas), Dougie Barnard (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Michael Fredericka (Warren, Ohio) and junior Alex Lawson (Tempe, Ariz.) — on day two of the Farnsworth Ivy Invitational in Princeton, N.J.
Barnard and Fredericka began Saturday still alive in the main singles draws of their respective draws following wins the previous day. Fredericka emerged with a two-set victory over Diego Vives of Princeton, 6-4, 6-1 in his quarterfinal match in the Cordish Draw, but saw his run halted in the tournament when he suffered a loss to Jean Thirouin of Harvard in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
In his only first match of the day in the Jadwin Draw, Barnard lost a 6-1, 7-5 decision to Pablo Alvarez of Virginia in his quarterfinal match.
Pecor and Lawson will be the only two Irish players in action heading into the final day of competition on Sunday, following their quarterfinal win in doubles. The duo dispatched of Joao Monteiro and Florian Nicoud of Virginia Tech, 8-0. Pecor and Lawson are slated to play Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur of Columbia tomorrow in a semifinal match that begins at 9:00 am.
Barnard and Fredericka were eliminated from doubles action in the Black Draw as they suffered an 8-5 setback to Jack Haworth and Ivan Kravtchenko of Brown in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Farnsworth Ivy Invitational (Princeton, N.J.)
Cordish Draw (Singles)
Michael Fredericka (ND) def. Diego Vives (Princeton), 6-4, 6-1
Jean Thirouin (Harvard) def. Michael Fredericka (ND), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Jadwin Draw (Singles)
Pablo Alvarez (Virginia) def. Dougie Barnard (ND), 6-1, 7-5
Orange Draw (Doubles)
Billy Pecor/Alex Lawson (ND) def. Joao Monteiro/Florian Nicoud (Va. Tech), 8-0
Black Draw (Doubles)
Jack Haworth/Ivan Kravtchenko (Brown) def. Dougie Barnard/Michael Fredericka (ND), 8-5