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Need To Know: Louisville

March 10, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team will return to Atlantic Coast Conference play Saturday when they travel south to face Louisville.

Match 13
WHO: No. 28 Notre Dame (8-4, 1-0 ACC) vs. No. 44 Louisville (10-3, 1-1 ACC)
WHERE: Bass-Rudd Tennis Center | Louisville, Ky.
WHEN: 2 p.m. ET Saturday
RESULTS: Live Stats

On The Cardinals

  • Louisville enters Saturday’s contest on a six-match winning streak and is ranked 44th nationally in the Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Tennis Rankings.
  • Notre Dame and Louisville have faced three common opponents: Northwestern, Indiana and Boston College. The Irish defeated all three of those opponents, while Louisville fell to both Northwestern and Indiana.
  • The Cardinals boast a ranked doubles squad in No. 65 Parker Wynn and Sean Donohue. The pair are 9-1 this spring.
  • Two Cardinals have hit the 10-win mark in singles. Wynn is 10-2 in dual matches (playing at Nos. 2 and 3), while Brandon Lancaster is 10-3 (playing at Nos. 4, 5 and 6).

Last Time Out

The Irish last faced No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus, falling to the Buckeyes 7-0.

On The Horizon

Senior Josh Hagar is one singles wins away from reaching 70 in his career, while classmate Eddy Covalschi needs four to reach his 60th career singles win. The Irish are three wins away from reaching the 1,200th dual win in program history.

Rankings Rundown

Notre Dame moved up one spot in this week’s Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Tennis rankings, ascending to No. 28 in the 50-team poll.

The Irish also boast two players in the individual rankings. Seniors Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi dropped six spots to No. 12 in the most recent Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Tennis doubles rankings, having gone 17-5 on the season, including 7-2 in dual play this spring. Hagar moved up 11 spots in the singles rankings this week, coming in at No. 33.

Keeping Up With The Irish

All indoor home matches will be streamed live on WatchND. Live scoring will be available for all home tennis matches at, with links for each match available on the men’s tennis schedule page. Live match updates will also be shared on the team’s Twitter account, @NDMensTennis.

For the latest on all things Irish men’s tennis, follow @NDMensTennis on Twitter and like Notre Dame Men’s Tennis on Facebook.


Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director 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, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.