Men's Tennis Loses to Notre Dame in BIG EAST Semifinals
TAMPA, Fla. The DePaul men’s tennis team suffered a 4-1 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals. Sophomore Alasdair Graetz gave the No. 5 seed Blue Demons a singles win, but the top seed Irish prevailed at the USF Varsity Courts. DePaul challenges Louisville on Sunday for third place honors.
The No. 4 singles match saw Graetz deliver a point as he defeated Stephen Havens. Graetz took the first set, 6-2, and closed out the match with a 6-1 advantage in the second frame.
The Irish took the first point of the dual with a pair of doubles victories. Juniors Austin Doerner and Jose Moncada fell, 8-5, to Brett Helgeson and Sheeva Parbhu in the No. 1 match. DePaul’s freshman duo of Ben Hartman and Adam Williams suffered an 8-1 loss to Havens and Tyler Davis at No. 3.
Notre Dame locked up the win with victories in the top three singles matches. Moncada fell, 6-1, 6-0, to Helgeson at No. 1, while Doerner took a 7-5, 6-2 loss from Sheeva Parbhu at No. 2. Sophomore Vanja Grgec dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Andrew Roth at No. 3 singles.
DePaul (15-10, 3-2 BIG EAST) returns to action on Sunday in the 11 a.m. (CST) third-place dual against No. 2 seed Louisville. Notre Dame aims to defend its BIG EAST title at 8 a.m. versus No. 3 seed USF.
(1) Notre Dame 4, (5) DePaul 1