Joanne Norell | September 19, 2017
The first weekend of fall competition has officially wrapped for the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team, with underclassmen posting strong performances in tournaments in Napa Valley, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
NAPA VALLEY CLASSIC
Freshman Tristan McCormick wrapped up a very impressive first collegiate weekend by reaching the semifinal round of the wild-card shootout at the Napa Valley Classic. After defeating USC’s Mateusz Smolicki 6-2, 6-2 to win his group, McCormick advanced to the shoot-out round for a chance at a USTA tournament entry. The Berwyn, Pennsylvania, product downed No. 49 Billy Griffith of California 10-5 in the quarterfinals before being edged by Texas A&M’s 93rd-ranked Valentin Vacherot 10-7 in the semifinal round.
Also winning Sunday was junior Alex Lebedev, who defeated Baylor’s Akos Kotorman 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to move to 2-1 on the season.
Five Irish players picked up singles wins to wrap up play at Harvard’s Chowder Fest Sunday. Freshman William Howells earned his first collegiate win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 115 Lamar Remy of Wisconsin in three sets in Flight 3. Sophomore Johnathan Small downed Harvard’s Lucas Koelle; senior Brendon Kempin defeated Wisconsin’s Robert Krill; junior Daniel Rayl ousted Buffalo’s Petr Vodak; and sophomore Conor Somers upended Harvard’s Samuel Beren.
Small went 3-0 in singles on the weekend, while Howells, Somers and freshman Richard Ciamarra were 2-1.