Billy Pecor advances in singles qualifying draw as Fighting Irish prepare for main event
AS A FRESHMAN: Made an immediate impact in the lineup as a newcomer ... competed in the No. 3 through No. 6 singles spots in dual matches throughout the season, going 7-7 at No. 5 ... his victory over Ryuji Hirooka in a three sets (6-3, 5-6, 6-4) was the deciding match that led the Irish to upset No. 8 Kentucky ... defeating Hirooka earned him ACC Player of the Week ... the following week, he defeated No. 97 Kevin Lai to take down Kentucky again ... won five consecutive singles matches in the second half of a tough ACC spring schedule ... also won five straight singles matches in the fall ... earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL DATA: Graduated magna cum laude from Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in the spring of 2013 ... ... a five-star recruit and was ranked as high as 15th in class ... only played high school tennis his senior year, in which he and his team won the 2012 Michigan high school state championship ... was also the 2012 state singles champion ... had an undefeated record of 23-0 ... was Michigan All-State and named the Michigan Player of the Year ... awarded the 2013 Harold M. Stratton Leadership award, Ike's Brightest, Academic All-State, the Presidential Award and Academic Athlete of the Year award ... a member of the junior national honor society and the DECA business club ... born in Clinton Township, Mich. ... full name is Edward Covalschi ... the son of Ovidiu and Daniela Covalschi ... has one older sister, Diana ... enrolled in First Year of Studies with plans to major in finance.