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Need To Know: National Indoor Championships & Gopher Invitational

Nov. 3, 2016

USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles Championship Draw

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team will hit the court at two different events over the weekend, with a pair of seniors headed to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships while the rest of the squad will compete at the Gopher Invitational.

WHAT: 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
WHO: Top national singles and doubles players
WHERE: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center | Flushing, N.Y.
WHEN: November 3-6, 2016
TWITTER: @NDMensTennis

WHAT: Gopher Invitational
WHERE: Baseline Tennis Center | Minneapolis, Minn.
WHEN: November 4-6, 2016

National Indoors Intel

Senior doubles duo Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi will take part in their second National Indoor Championships, having earned a bid in 2014, as well. The Irish pair was selected as an at-large pick to round out the 20-team field, with competition slated for November 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Hagar and Covalschi are 8-2 on the season, having advanced to the quarterfinals of the championships and the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Regional Championships earlier this fall.

Hagar and Covalschi, who are tied for No. 26 in the preseason Oracle/ITA doubles rankings, will play Stanford’s Yale Goldberg and Sameer Kumar at 2 p.m. ET Thursday in the first round of play.

Grand Slam Streak

The Irish have had at least one student athlete compete in the main draw of the last 12 ITA grand slam events, which include the All-American Championships, National Indoor Championships and the NCAA individual tournaments. The streak began with the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship when then-junior Greg Andrews advanced to the second round.

Gopher Guidance

The rest of the Irish team will head north to Minneapolis to compete at the Gopher Invitational at the Baseline Tennis Center. Competition will begin Friday and run through Sunday.

Doubles Dominance

Continuing in the tradition of recent dominant doubles squads, Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi enter play at National Indoors with plenty of success this fall. The pair are 8-2 on the year and earned their at-large bid after advancing to the semifinal at the ITA Midwest Regional Championship two weeks ago. Earlier this fall, Hagar and Covalschi played their way into the main draw at the ITA All-American Championship and advanced to the quarterfinal.

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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.