Joanne Norell | February 20, 2017
The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team tallied its sixth 7-0 sweep of the season Sunday, defeating the visiting Indiana Hoosiers during an afternoon match at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
How It Happened
Notre Dame won the doubles point with victories on Courts 1 and 3. Junior Brendon Kempin and sophomore Grayson Broadus gave the Irish an early advantage with a 6-1 cruising past Bennett Crane and Zac Brodney at the No. 3 spot, but the deciding doubles match was harder to come by. After the Irish and Hoosiers traded breaks on both the remaining courts, sixth-ranked seniors Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar clinched the point for Notre Dame with a 6-4 win over No. 31 Raheel Manji and Keivon Tabrizi.
The Irish went on to win the first set on five of six courts. Broadus was the first to finish, giving the Irish a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Antonio Cembellin at No. 3 singles. Broadus won six straight games in the first set after going down 0-3 and breezed to the straight set win in the second.
Freshman Guillermo Cabrera extended the lead with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Crane at the No. 5 spot, while classmate Johnathan Small sewed up the victory at 4-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Oliver Sec. Small is now 5-0 in dual matches this season.
Freshman Matt Gamble made it 5-0 in favor of Notre Dame with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Matthew McCoy at the No. 4 position, while sophomore Alex Lebedev also won, 6-4, 7-5, playing on Court 2.
Hagar completed the sweep with a three-set win of his own. After losing the second set 1-6, the Austin, Texas, native faced a 3-5 third-set deficit, but rallied with four straight game wins to defeat Manji 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.