Men's Tennis

@NDMensTennis
Irish Drop To #7 Tar Heels, 4-0

Jan. 27, 2017

Box Score Get Acrobat Reader | Box Score |  Photo Gallery 


By Joanne Norell

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team fell to seventh-ranked North Carolina 4-0 on Friday in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in a non-conference matchup at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

How It Happened

The Tar Heels won the doubles point, taking matches on Courts 1 and 2 in a tightly contested round. Notre Dame’s No. 3 pair of sophomore Grayson Broadus and junior Brendon Kempin picked up a win over Blaine Boyden and Anu Kodali, 6-4, but North Carolina’s Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider won 6-4 over Irish freshman Matt Gamble and sophomore Alex Lebedev to even things on Court 2. The Irish and Tar Heels held serve until 5-5 on Court 1, but it was UNC’s Robert Kelly and William Blumberg who got the timely break to win 7-5 over 10th-ranked Irish seniors Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi.

North Carolina went up 2-0 when Kelly defeated Gamble 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 singles, while Murray defeated Broadus 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 5 slot to give the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead.

After dropping first sets on Courts 2, 3 and 6, respectively, Covalschi, Lebedev and freshman Guillermo Cabrera each rallied to force decisive third sets. The Tar Heels picked up the next decision, however, as the 38th-ranked Schneider defeated 27th-ranked Hagar 7-6(4), 6-4 at the No. 1 spot.

Up Next

The Irish will face Penn State (0-1) in Saturday’s consolation match at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Nittany Lions fell to Vanderbilt 4-0 on Friday.

Scoreboard

No. 7 North Carolina 4, Notre Dame 0
January 27, 2017
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center
Singles
1. No. 38 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. No. 27 Josh Hagar
(ND) 7-6(4), 6-4
2. Eddy Covalschi (ND) vs. William Blumberg (UNC) 0-6, 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
3. No. 119
Alex Lebedev (ND) vs. Simon Soendergaard (UNC) 4-6, 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
4. Robert Kelly (UNC) def.
Matt Gamble (ND) 6-3, 6-3
5. Jack Murray (UNC) def.
Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-1, 6-4
6.
Guillermo Cabrera (ND) vs. No. 57 Josh Peck (UNC) 6-7(4), 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
Doubles
1. Robert Kelly / William Blumberg (UNC) def. No. 10
Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND), 7-5
2. No. 43 Jack Murray / Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def.  
Matt Gamble / Alex Lebedev (ND), 6-4
3.
Grayson Broadus / Brendon Kempin (ND) def. Blaine Boyden / Anu Kodali (UNC) 6-4

-- ND --

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.


 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

March 24
W, 4-3
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
RECAP
March 31
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 2
5:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 7
5:30 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)

ACC Network Extra
April 9
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
April 14
3:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Center)
April 16
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
April 21
3:30 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 26
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 27
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 28
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 29
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 30
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
May 12
All Day
NCAA Championships
TBD

Shop Now

Nissan

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Photo Galleries

Canon

NCAA Infractions Report

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka Vivid Seats