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Men’s Tennis: Freshman wins twice in ND loss

Mike Gotimer | Wednesday, March 26, 2008

No. 27 Notre Dame (10-7) dropped its third straight on Tuesday at No. 50 Kentucky, falling 4-2.

The Irish lost two of the three doubles matches, as freshmen Stephen Havens and Tyler Davis earned an 8-4 victory to improve to 10-3 on the year. Notre Dame’s top pair, junior Brett Helgeson and senior Sheeva Parbhu, lost its second straight.

The Irish got on the scoreboard when Havens won his match, 7-6, 6-3. Havens was the only Irish player who recorded two wins on the day, and he improved his singles record to 17-14 on the year.

Helgeson fell at the No. 1 singles spot, allowing Kentucky to open up a 3-1 lead. After jumping out to a 4-3 lead in the second set, he lost the next three games and lost the third 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Parbhu kept the Irish in the match with a straight set win at No. 2 singles, improving his record to 21-9.

With the loss, the Irish dropped to 10-7 on the season. Notre Dame plays host to No. 2 Ohio State on Friday.