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No. 10 Notre Dame Falls To No. 1 Ohio State

Feb. 22, 2014

Results

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- For the second time in eight days, the University of Notre Dame men's tennis team went up against the No. 1 team in the country. Last week, it was the Virginia Cavaliers. Today, the Irish fell to No. 1 Ohio State in a heartbreakingly close match, 4-2.

"I give Ohio State all the credit," said head coach Ryan Sachire. "I mean, we backed them into a corner, and they withstood our best shot. They're a great team and they did a great job today. Our guys tried so hard and battled so hard. I don't know if we played our best match of the season, I thought we were a little too hyped up in certain spots, but that's tennis. Ohio State did an amazing job of taking our best punch and still being victorious."

Before an incredible crowd--488 was the official attendance in the Eck Tennis Pavilion--Notre Dame set a strong tone early by taking the doubles point. All three matches came down to the wire. Senior Ryan Bandy and sophomore Eric Schnurrenberger, despite falling  behind 5-2, came back to win their match against Ralf Steinbach and Chris Diaz, 7-5. Sophomore Alex Lawson and senior Greg Andrews fell to the No. 2 doubles team in the country, Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka, 9-7. The point came down to the match on court two, where senior Billy Pecor and freshman Josh Hagar clinched it for the Irish, beating Herkko Pollanen and Hunter Callahan, 8-6.

Things were looking good for the Irish at the start of singles, as Bandy was off the court with a quick 6-3, 6-3 victory over Steinbach at No. 4. Andrews won his first set in a tight tiebreaker against Kobelt, and Monaghan was up in his first set. But then a couple of lost tiebreakers sent the Irish spiraling.


 

 

Schnurrenberger lost at No. 6 to Callahan, 6-4, 6-4, and Monaghan fell in straight sets as well despite being up early. He lost to Diaz at No. 2, 7-6, 6-4.

Freshman Eddy Covalschi lost his first set but battled back to win his second and get the third to a tiebreaker. He then fell to Kevin Metka, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

The match was clinched for Ohio State by Kobelt, who battled back to beat Andrews at No. 1, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. Every set of their match went to a tiebreaker. Hagar's match at No. 3 was then abandoned.

Notre Dame will rally in a matter of hours to take on Ball State. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3 for USTA's College MatchDay.

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant

--ND--

Event Calendar

Delta

January 20
3:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
12:00 PM
Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
January 27
1:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
January 28
3:00 PM
TBA
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
February 4
10:00 AM
Monmouth N.J.
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 4
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 11
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
12:00 PM
Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
5:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 19
12:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
March 31
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 7
3:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
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)
April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
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

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