Jan. 21, 2015
ITA Kickoff Weekend
Jan. 24-25, 2015
Eck Tennis Pavilion
Notre Dame, Indiana
Teams: (1) Notre Dame, (2) Columbia, (3) Tennessee, (4) Oklahoma State
Saturday, Jan. 24
10 a.m.: No. 16 Columbia vs. No. 17 Tennessee
2 p.m.: No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 24 Oklahoma State
Sunday, Jan. 25
10 a.m.: Consolation Match
1 p.m.: Championship Match
Parking: Parking for teams and officials will be available in front of the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Fans are invited to park in the Bulla Lot off North Twyckenham Drive. After parking, fans can walk one block south on North Twyckenham to Courtney Lane. The Eck Tennis Pavilion will be on the right.
- The No. 14 Notre Dame men’s tennis team (1-0) started the season in grand fashion, downing then-No. 18 Kentucky 4-3 in Lexington last Saturday. After losing the doubles point by upset, the Irish won four straight singles matches to clinch their third straight one-point victory over the Wildcats. The Irish defeated Kentucky twice last season, with the first coming in the championship match of last year’s ITA Kick-Off Weekend, hosted by the Wildcats.
- The Irish held steady at No. 14 in the ITA rankings after their road win over Kentucky.
- The Irish boast four returning starters from last season, highlighting both the experience and youth of the program. Juniors Quentin Monaghan and Eric Schnurrenberger and sophomores Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar provide both high-level national exposure and a strong core that will provide stability over the next several seasons. The quartet cannot only claim NCAA Tournament credentials, but also ITA Championships experience. In October, Monaghan competed in the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships, while Covalschi and Hagar competed as a doubles duo at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships. Teammates Billy Pecor and Alex Lawson also competed in the main doubles draws of each tournament.
- Monaghan and Hagar are ranked in the ITA singles poll, with Monaghan coming in at No. 37 and Hagar boasting a No. 82 ranking.
- Notre Dame is the only program in the country with two doubles squads ranked in the top 10. Pecor and Lawson rank 8th, while Covalschi and Hagar rank 9th.
- The Irish reached the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago, their first trip since 2006-07.