March 24, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Junior University of Notre Dame men’s tennis player Quentin Monaghan has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
Monaghan turned ina dominating weekend at No. 1 singles for the Irish, going 3-0 at the slot in a loss to Virginia and wins over Georgia Tech and IPFW. He is now 14-2 in dual matches this season and 23-5 overall.
Highlighting Monaghan’s trio of wins was a spectacular showing against then-No. 3 Ryan Shane of Virginia on Friday. After going down 5-1 in the first set, the Irish junior secured a break and stormed back to force a tiebreaker, which he handily won 7-4, then rode the momentum in the second set for a 7-6(4), 6-3 marquee win.
On Sunday, Monaghan dispatched Georgia Tech’s then-No. 66 Christopher Eubanks, again making a comeback to force a tiebreaker — this time in the second set — for a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory. In the nightcap, Monaghan cruised past IPFW’s Gerard Guell 6-1, 6-2.
“With the great week that he had, Quentin is certainly very deserving of this award,” head coach Ryan Sachire said. “He is one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach and it’s exciting to see him playing and competing at such a high level.Quentin is a player who earns success every day with his commitment to the process of getting better and he is a tremendous leader for our team.”
Monaghan was rewarded for his efforts by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, moving up from No. 22 to No. 17 in the singles rankings on Tuesday. It is Monaghan’s first ACC Player of the Week nod. He was named a BIG EAST Player of the Week as a freshman.
Joanne Norell, Media Relations Assistant