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Men’s Tennis: Parbhu loses in consolation round

Katelyn Grabarek | Monday, October 8, 2007

Senior co-captain Sheeva Parbhu lost in the consolation round of the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships Sunday in Tulsa, Okla.

Parbhu, ranked No. 30 in the country, lost to No. 38 Clancy Shields from Boise State in two straight matches 6-3, 6-3.

Parbhu’s singles record dropped to 2-4 this year and 96-30 all time. He needed one more win to pass Ryan Simme for ninth place on the all-time Irish singles win list. Simme graduated from Notre Dame in 1997.

“I’m looking to play at a high level and keep the good streak going,” Parbhu said.

Parbhu fell in the opening round of the tournament Thursday to No 22 Bojan Szumanski of Texas Tech 6-3, 6-0.

“Brett (Helgeson), and Parbhu are co-number one’s,” head coach Bobby Bayliss said. “I don’t want to peg either one as the number one. Parbhu comes to net better, but doesn’t have the power Brett does.”

Parbhu did not play any matches last weekend in order to rest up for the tournament. He was the only representative Notre Dame sent to the tournament. He wanted to stay fresh for dual meet matches later in the season.

Parbhu will return to South Bend this weekend and practice with the team. The Irish will travel to the ITA Midwest Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. on Oct. 18.