April 23, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 28th-ranked University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team battled No. 29 Louisville, but dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker Saturday at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville, Ky. The Irish were strong at the bottom of their singles lineup, winning at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions.
At second doubles, senior Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and junior Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine Richland) dropped to Robert Hall and Alejandro Calligari in an 8-4 decision.
Junior Niall Fitzgerald (Wicklow, Ireland/Blackrock College) and sophomore Spencer Talmadge (Hillsborough, Calif./Junipero Serra) were unable to handle Viktor Maksimcuk and Simon Childs and the Cardinals gained the doubles point after defeating the Irish duo 8-6.
Freshman Greg Andrews (Richland, Mich./Gull Lake) and senior captain Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan) rounded out the doubles play as the tandem fell to Austen Childs and Adam Donaldson, 8-6.
Moving into singles play, at the No. 1 position 58th-ranked Watt was defeated by No. 15 A. Childs in a two-set match, 6-3, 6-4, while Andrews defeated Hall, 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.
Havens was downed at the No. 2 position, 6-2, 6-4 by 103rd-ranked Maksimcuk. The Cardinals clinched the match at third singles with senior No. 109 Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) dropping 6-3, 6-4 to S. Childs.
Rounding out the Irish lineup with two victories, sophomore Blas Moros (Boca Raton, Fla./Pine Crest) downed Dante Terenzio, 7-6, 6-3 at sixth singles and junior Sam Keeton (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill) returned to the Irish with a win over Calligari, 7-6, 6-3.
Notre Dame now looks to the BIG EAST Conference Championship, which begins April 28 and the Irish will play host to the event for the second straight season.
No. 29 Louisville, 4 – No. 28 Notre Dame, 3
April 23, 2011- Bass Rudd Tennis Center
1- #15 Austen Childs (UL) def. #58 Casey Watt (ND) 6-3, 6-4
2- #103 Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. Stephen Havens (ND) 6-2, 6-4
3- Simon Childs (UL) def. #109 Daniel Stahl (ND) 6-3, 6-4
4- Greg Andrews (ND) def. Robert Hall (UL) 6-2, 6-1
5- Samuel Keeton (ND) def. Alejandro Calligari (UL) 7-6, 6-3
6- Blas Moros (ND) def. Dante Terenzio (UL) 7-6, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 3*, 6, 5
1- Maksimcuk/S. Childs (UL) def. Fitzgerald/Talmadge (ND) 8-6
2- Calligari/Hall (UL) def. Watt/Havens (ND) 8-4
3- A. Childs/Donaldson (UL) def. Davis/Andrews (ND) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3