Alex Lawson (pictured) and Quentin Monaghan advanced to the doubles finals of the ITA Midwest Regionals Championships with a pair of wins Sunday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Monaghan, Lawson Into Doubles Finals At ITA Midwest Regionals

Singles Main DrawDoubles Main Draw

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Stellar play marked the day for the Irish at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships at the Eck Tennis Pavilion, as Irish student-athletes remain standing in both singles and doubles draws heading into Monday’s semifinals and championships.

Irish senior Quentin Monaghan will represent the Irish in both draws Monday, advancing to the singles semifinals with a quarterfinal win to start the day. Monaghan combined with classmate Alex Lawson in the afternoon to earn a bid to the doubles championship.

The top-seeded Monaghan notched an impressive win in the singles quarterfinal round to move onto Monday’s semifinals. The fifth-ranked senior took a one-set lead over fifth-seed No. 63 Ralf Steinbach of Ohio State, but watched a 4-1 lead in the second set slip away. Down a break in the third set, Monaghan broke back to take control of the match, winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Monaghan will face Ohio State’s Herkko Pollanen in the semifinal matchup. Pollanen defeated junior Eddy Covalschi 7-6(3), 6-1 on Sunday.

In doubles play, second-seeded Monaghan and partner Alex Lawson put together a comeback of their own in the quarterfinal to defeat Michigan’s Gabe Tishman and Kevin Wong in the quarterfinal round. Down 4-2 early in the match, the Irish duo rattled off a series of game wins to take the match, 8-5.

Play switched from pro sets to best-of-three for the semifinal match to cap the afternoon, and the 28th-ranked Irish duo made quick work of Ohio State’s Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert, 6-4, 6-2. They will face Valparaiso’s fourth-seeded Charlie Ernhardt and Jeffrey Schorsch in the championship match.

Play will conclude Monday with the singles semifinals beginning at 9 a.m. ET, followed by the singles championship. The doubles championship will not begin before noon and will depend on the outcomes of Monaghan’s singles play.

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ITA Midwest Regional Championships
October 22-26, 2015
Eck Tennis Pavilion | Lakeland Athletics Club
Singles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
[1] No. 5 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. [5] No. 63 Ralf Steinbach (OSU), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
[6] Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. [20] Eddy Covalschi (ND), 7-6(3), 6-1
Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
[2] No. 28 Alex Lawson / Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. [21] Gabe Tishman / Kevin Wong (UM), 8-5
Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals
Singles Main Draw – Round of 32
[1] No. 5 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Toshiki Matsuya (UI), 6-3, 6-2
[20] Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. [14] Josef Dodridge (UW), 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(5)
[8] Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Grayson Broadus (ND), 6-1, 6-2
[15] Martin Joyce (OSU) def. [23] Alex Lawson (ND), 6-3, 7-6(5)
Singles Main Draw – Round of 16
[1] Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. [12] Leopold Gomez Islinger, 6-3, 6-2
[20] Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Julian Childers (UI), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles Main Draw – Round of 32
[2] No. 28 Alex Lawson / Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Garrett Gardner / Lucas Waak (Valpo), 8-4
[22] Nicolas Montoya / Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Christoffer Greve / Dylan Steffers (ISU), 8-6
[5] Fedor Baev / Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. Grayson Broadus / Brendon Kempin (ND), 8-5
[17] Julian Childers / Toshiki Matsuya (UI) def. [15] Eddy Covalschi / Kenneth Sabacinski (ND), 8-6
Doubles Main Draw – Round of 16
[2] No. 28 Alex Lawson / Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Alexander Kokorev / Darius Mackenzie (UW), 8-3
[7] Runhao Hua / Alex Knight (UM) def. [22] Nicolas Montoya / Eric Schnurrenberger (ND), 8-3
Qualifying Singles Final Round
[16] Chad Kissell (Valpo) def. [8] Daniel Rayl (ND), 6-1, 6-2
Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) def. [14] Brendon Kempin (ND), 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3
Singles Main Draw – Round of 64
[1] No. 5 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Jason Seidman (NU), 6-4, 6-4
[20] Eddy Covalschi (ND) def. Charlie Ernhardt (Valpo), 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(6)
[23] Alex Lawson (ND) def. Mihir Kumar (NU), 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-2
Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Lamar Remy (UW), 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2
[5[ No. 63 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Kenneth Sabacinski (ND), 6-2, 6-1
[6[ No. 93 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND), 6-1, 6-0
Kevin Wong (UM) def. [10] Eric Schnurrenberger (ND), 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5
Doubles Main Draw – Round of 64
[2] No. 28 Alex Lawson / Quentin Monaghan (ND), bye
[15] Eddy Covalschi / Kenneth Sabacsinki (ND) def. Tim Corwin / Ivan Divkovic (DePaul), 8-4
[22] Nicolas Montoya / Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Kevin Goth / Ben Slade (Clev. St.), 8-6
Grayson Broadus / Brendon Kempin (ND) def. William Malm / Mirko Radosevic (Clev. St.), 8-6
[23] Matt Hamilton / Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Nathan Griffin / Daniel Rayl (ND), 8-6
Qualifying Singles First Round
[8] Daniel Rayl (ND) def. Mackenzie Stearns (MU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
[14] Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Lucas Waak (Valpo), 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3
Daniel Loebel (WMU) def. [11] Drew Dawson (ND), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Gleb Sklyr (MU) def. [13] Nathan Griffin (ND), 6-3, 6-3
Qualifying Singles Second Round
[8] Daniel Rayl (ND) def. Matej Kostandinov (UWGB), 6-2, 6-4
[14] Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Alex Kim (MSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Consolation Matches
Nathan Griffin (ND) def. Darius MacKenzie (UW), 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
Colin Harvey (MSU) def. Drew Dawson (ND), 6-7(10), 6-4, 10-5


Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant 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 women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.