March 18, 2018
By Joanne Norell
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 18th-ranked University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team dropped its first Atlantic Coast Conference match Sunday, falling to Virginia 6-1 at the Snyder Tennis Center.
How It Happened
Virginia (9-5, 2-1 ACC) led 1-0 after doubles, winning on Courts 1 and 2, while Notre Dame took the match at No. 3.
Sophomore Matt Gamble gave the Irish a point with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ammar Alhaqbani on Court 5, but Virginia clinched the match with the next decision as Kyrylo Tsygura downed freshman William Howells 6-2, 6-3 on Court 6.
Virginia went on to claim the final two matches, winning on Courts 3 and 1 to close out the match.
The Irish (10-8, 2-1 ACC) return home to face North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. ET Friday before hosting a doubleheader with Virginia Tech (noon ET) and IUPUI (5 p.m. ET) on Sunday.
Virginia 6, No. 18 Notre Dame 1
March 18, 2018
Snyder Tennis Center
1. No. 74 Carl Soderlund (UVA) def. No. 33 Alex Lebedev (ND) 7-6(4), 7-5
2. Gianni Ross (UVA) def. Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 28 Aswin Lizen (UVA) def. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) 6-4, 6-1
4. Matthew Lord (UVA) def. Tristan McCormick (ND) 6-4, 6-2
5. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Ammar Alhaqbani (UVA) 6-4, 6-2
6. Kyrylo Tsygura (UVA) def. William Howells (UVA) 6-2, 6-3
1. Aswin Lizen / Matthew Ross (UVA) def. No. 55 Brendon Kempin / Tristan McCormick (ND) 7-5
2. Carl Soderlund / Matthew Lord (UVA) def. Richard Ciamarra / Matt Gamble (ND) 6-4
3. Guillermo Cabrera / Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Ammar Alhaqbani / Spencer Bozsik (UVA) 6-3
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 men’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to assisting with football communications and overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.