Notre Dame sweeps singles in win
Loss snaps SMU's 11-match winning streak
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - No. 23 Notre Dame earned a hard-fought 6-1 victory against No. 64 SMU. The Mustangs opened the day by earning the doubles point. At second doubles, Notre Dame's Stephen Havens and Casey Watt were downed by Adham el-Effendi and Darren Walsh in an 8-6 decision, while Niall Fitzgerald and Spencer Talmadge fell to SMU's Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup, 8-3, at first doubles to give the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead.
Notre Dame would take the third doubles match as senior-Fighting Irish captain Tyler Davis and freshman Greg Andrews grabbed an 8-6 win over No. 68 Artem Baradach and Gaston Cuadranti.
From then on, it would be all Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish swept tough singles matches. No. 125 Havens defeated Gaston Cuadranti, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 position. Andrews would go on to down el-Effendi in a three-set match, 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, and sophomore Blas Moros defeated Flood in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 position.
No. 84 Watt clinched the match for Notre Dame as the junior downed No. 39 Baradach, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), followed by a win at third singles by senior Daniel Stahl against Mischa Nowicki, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). The win improved Stahl's winning streak to seven consecutive victories. Fitzgerald rounded out the Irish lineup, beating Robert Sajovich 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.
The loss snaps the Mustangs' 11-match win streak and moves the team to 14-6 on the season. However, SMU head coach Carl Neufeld was impressed with his team's tenacity.
"It was a hard-fought battle against Notre Dame," Neufeld said. "They are an excellent team. I am very proud of our guys and thought we played exceptionally well in doubles."