Irish look to close out home matches against conference rivals, Ball State
Observer Sports Staff | Thursday, April 12, 2018
The No. 25 Irish are set to host three home matches this weekend over the course of three days, including a doubleheader Sunday.
First, Notre Dame (13-11, 4-4 ACC) will take on conference-foe Miami (FL) on Friday afternoon, beginning at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, Notre Dame faces off against No. 9 Florida State at 11:30 a.m. and Ball State at 4:30 p.m. All matches will take place at the Courtney Tennis Center.
The Irish are coming off a 5-2 victory over No. 21 Duke at home last Friday.
In singles action against the Blue Devils (13-10, 4-4 ACC), sophomore Guillermo Cabrera lost the first set of his match 6-3 before winning the final two sets 6-3, 7-6 (6) on the No. 3 court. Three courts over, junior Grayson Broadus won his first set 7-5 before dropping the second set 6-2. Broadus won the deciding set 6-2. Junior captain Alex Lebedev (6-0, 6-4) and freshman Richard Ciamarra (6-4, 6-2) won their respective matches on courts No. 1 and 2, respectively.
During the doubles competition against Duke, the pair of senior Brendon Kempin and freshman Tristan McCormick defeated their opponent 6-4 on court No. 1, while the team of Broadus and Ciamarra won a close match by a score of 7-6 (3) on court No. 3.
The Hurricanes (12-8, 3-5 ACC) are coming off of a 7-0 road loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday. The Seminoles (23-2, 14-0 ACC) defeated Virginia 5-2 on Sunday and will take on Boston College on Thursday before traveling to South Bend for Sunday’s match. The Cardinals (13-8, 2-3 MAC) defeated IUPUI 5-2 on Wednesday. This weekend’s matches mark the final home competition for the team before taking on conference rivals Georgia Tech and Clemson to conclude the regular season.