Jan. 22, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
Senior Chris Jackman pulled off a three-set win at No. 5 singles, giving No. 37 Northwestern a 4-3 victory over No. 30 Notre Dame at Eck Tennis Pavilion Tuesday evening.
With the Wildcats holding a precarious 3-2 lead and two matches remaining that were up for grabs, Jackman rallied back to earn a three-set upset victory over No. 120 Wyatt McCoy by a score of 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Northwestern got the night off to a good start as it won a pair of tight matches at No. 2 and 3 to earn the doubles point. The duo of Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith posted an 8-5 win over Billy Pecor and Alex Lawson at No. 2 before Alex Pasareanu and Mihir Kumar notched an 8-6 win over Ryan Bandy and Matt Dooley at No. 3.
Notre Dame evened the match with a straight-sets victory at No. 6 singles before Balaji downed Quentin Monaghan 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3. Pasareanu rallied back to pull off a hard-fought upset win at No. 4 as he outlasted 88th-ranked Pecor 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Smith, ranked No. 108, was narrowly edged 7-5, 7-5 by 110th-ranked Blas Moros at No. 2, bringing the Fighting Irish within 3-2.
However, Jackman gutted out the of three-set comeback win to clinch the win for the 'Cats and improve them to 5-0 on the season.
Northwestern returns to action Friday as it opens play at the opening rounds of the ITA Indoor Team Championships in Durham, N.C., taking on Virginia Tech.
#37 Northwestern at #30 Notre Dame
No. 1: Spencer Wolf / Fedor Baev (NU) led Greg Andrews / Spencer Talmadge (ND), 7-6, unfinished
No. 2: Sidarth Balaji / Raleigh Smith (NU) d. Billy Pecor / Alex Lawson (ND), 8-5
No. 3: Alex Pasareanu / Mihir Kumar (NU) d. Ryan Bandy / Matt Dooley (ND), 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3
No. 1: No. 80 Greg Andrews (ND) d. Spencer Wolf
(NU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
No. 2: No. T-110 Blas Moros (ND) d. No. 108 Raleigh Smith
(NU), 7-5, 7-5
No. 3: Sidarth Balaji
(NU) d. Quentin Monaghan (ND), 7-5, 6-3
No. 4: Alex Pasareanu
(NU) d. No. 88 Billy Pecor (ND), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 5: Chris Jackman
(NU) d. No. 120 Wyatt McCoy (ND), 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 6: Ryan Bandy (ND) d. Mihir Kumar
(NU), 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish:
6, 3, 4, 2, 5, 1