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Need To Know: North Carolina

April 7, 2016


By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team will see its final home action of the year Friday when the Irish welcome top-ranked North Carolina to campus on Senior Day.

WHAT: Match 25
WHO: Notre Dame (12-12, 4-6 ACC) vs. No. 1 North Carolina (21-2, 6-2 ACC)
WHERE: Courtney Tennis Center or Eck Tennis Pavilion | Notre Dame, Ind.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. ET, April 8 (7 p.m. ET if played indoors)
FOLLOW: Live Stats | Live Stream
TWITTER: @NDMensTennis

Below, find all you need to know ahead of this weekend’s action:

Scouting North Carolina
The top-ranked Tar Heels remained at No. 1 this week despite falling to No. 6 Wake Forest in a 4-3 decision last Sunday. North Carolina won its first 15 matches of the season — including a 4-2 victory over then-No. 1 Virginia to capture the ITA National Indoor Team Championship in February — before dropping its first match to Florida State in early March. The Tar Heels are led in singles by No. 27 Ronnie Schneider (15-5 dual), No 29 Brayden Schnur (6-7), No. 50 Brett Clark (16-4), No. 80 Robert Kelly (19-2) and No. 107 Jack Murray (16-3). In doubles, they boast two top-20 duos: No. 1 Clark and Kelly (16-5) and No. 17 Schnur and Murray (9-3). The Irish are 8-13 against the Tar Heels in series history, but have not won against North Carolina since 2011.

The Last Meeting
Notre Dame2
North Carolina5
April 5, 2015
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
No. 35 Irish Fall To No. 19 North Carolina, 5-2
University of Notre Dame men's tennis junior Quentin Monaghan picked up his 10th singles win in a row Sunday as the No. 35 Irish battled No. 19 North Carolina, but it wasn't enough to propel Notre Dame past the Tar Heels, who picked up the 5-2 win at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill.

Senior Send-Off
Following Friday’s match, the Irish will honor their five seniors — Alex Lawson, Quentin Monaghan, Nicolas Montoya, Kenneth Sabacinski and Eric Schnurrenberger — in a ceremony celebrating their accomplishments at Notre Dame.

Weather Advisory
The Irish men’s and women’s tennis teams are scheduled to compete in simultaneous matches at 3:30 p.m. ET Friday at the Courtney Tennis Center. If current forecasts hold, those matches will move inside to the Eck Tennis Pavilion, with the women’s match taking priority. In that case, the Irish women will take on Clemson at the originally scheduled time, while the men’s match against North Carolina will take place at the conclusion of the women’s (approx. 7 p.m.).

Doubles Dominance
With 89 career doubles wins, senior Alex Lawson
has moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time Irish doubles win list. His 89-52 (.631) record puts him just behind Jakub Pietrowski (95-45) and Greg Andrews(93-50) and just ahead of Billy Pecor (88-45) on the career register. Lawson has been ranked within the top 10 in doubles in parts of each of the last three seasons, and has qualified for the past two NCAA Doubles Championships with former partners Andrews (’14) and Pecor (’15).

Individual Rankings Summary
Seniors Quentin Monaghan
and Alex Lawson ranked at No. 12 in the most recent national doubles rankings after the pair defeated No. 11 Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez of Florida State last week. Also entering the doubles rankings this week are juniors Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar at No. 79, who played together for the first time since January on Sunday and defeated Virginia Tech’s seventh-ranked duo of Joao Monteiro and Andreas Bjerrehus. In singles, Monaghan moved up two spots to No. 31.

Last Time Out
The Irish split four matches last weekend, falling in a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 22 Florida State on Friday before losing 6-1 to Virginia Tech Sunday. The Irish returned to .500, however, with a pair of wins against Chicago State on Sunday evening, winning 6-1 and 5-1 over the Cougars.

ITA Rules Changes
This season, the NCAA with the support of the ITA, will utilize a no-ad scoring format for the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tennis championships. If a game reaches deuce, the next point will win the game. Additionally, eight-game pro-sets will no longer be utilized in doubles matches, with teams playing one set to six, with a tiebreak at six-all. At the individual doubles championships, matches will consist of the best-of-three sets, with a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. The rules changes are designed to improve the pace of play in championship matches.

For the latest on all things Irish men's tennis, follow @NDMensTennis on Twitter and like Notre Dame Men's Tennis on Facebook.

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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 degree in mass communication, and earned her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.


 

 

Event Calendar

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January 20
W, 7-0
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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Live Stats
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)

Live Stats
February 4
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Live Stats
February 11
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Live Stats
February 12
12:00 PM
Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Live Stats
February 12
5:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Live Stats
February 19
12:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Live Stats
February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Live Stats
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
March 18
6:00 PM
Aquinas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
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)

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
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)

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

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