Notre Dame splits weekend road trip
Observer Sports Staff | Monday, April 7, 2014
No. 12 Notre Dame went 1-1 this weekend, defeating No. 21 Wake Forest in a 4-3 thriller Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C., before suffering an upset 4-3 loss to unranked North Carolina State on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.
Losses in all three of the doubles matches against Wake Forest (14-8, 3-4 ACC), including a defeat of the No. 7-ranked pair of senior Greg Andrews and sophomore Alex Lawson by Wake Forest sophomores Pedro Dumont and Jon Ho, put the Irish (14-8, 4-4) in a hole right away.
However, Notre Dame put together a comeback in the singles matches, with wins by Andrews, sophomore Quentin Monaghan, senior Ryan Bandy and sophomore Eric Schnurrenberger giving the team a victory in the end. It came down to the wire, as Schnurrenberger won in a tiebreaker in the final match.
The loss against North Carolina State (14-7, 3-5) on Sunday was similarly competitive. Freshman Josh Hagar and senior Billy Pecor came away with the sole Irish doubles win of the weekend, but Notre Dame’s second attempt at a dramatic comeback failed in singles.
Andrews, Bandy and freshman Eddy Covalschi triumphed in their matches against North Carolina State, but losses by Monaghan, Hagar and Schnurrenberger left the Irish on the losing side to close the weekend with a split.
Notre Dame next plays ACC opponent Miami at home Friday at 3:30 p.m.