November 5, 1996
Notre Dame's Sachire Advances to Finals of Rolex Region IV
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Notre Dame freshman Ryan Sachire made an impressive debut at the 1996 ITA Rolex Region IV Intercollegiate tennis championships Monday. Sachire advance to the finals with a 7-6, 6-4 win over No. 1 seed teammate Jakub Pietrowski in the semifinals in his first match on Monday. Sachire fell just short in the finals as Purdue's Jamie Gordon ended Sachire's run with a tight 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 win. Illinois' Brady Blain and Jerry Turek won the doubles with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Purdue's Cris James and Derek Myers.
Notre Dame joined Purdue as the only team to advance three player to the semifinals of both the singles and doubles draw. Brian Patterson teamed with Pietrowski to advance to the double semifinals for the Irish before losing to James and Myers. Pietrowski was the only player in the draw to advance to the semifinals of both singles and doubles.
Notre Dame's men's tennis team returns to action at the Ice Vollies in Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 8-10.
November 3, 1996
Notre Dame Advances Two Players to Rolex SemifinalsEAST LANSING, Mich. -- Notre Dame advanced two men's tennis players to the semifinals of the ITA Rolex Region IV Championships in East Lansing, Mich. Sunday. Junior Jakub Pietrowski and freshman Ryan Sachire won quarterfinal matches to set up the all-Irish semifinal between the two teammates who will meet Monday for a spot in the finals.
The second-seeded Pietrowski won a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) match over No. 6 seed Alex Witt of Northwestern. Pietrowski had won three three-set matches to advance to Sunday's quarterfinal. Sachire had a much easier route to the quarterfinals with his three straight-set matches on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, though, eighth-seeded Jerry Turek of Illinois routed the freshman 6-0 in the first set before Sachire rallied for a 6-3, 6-4 win the last two sets. Purdue's Jamie Gordon will face Ball State's Bryan Smith in the other semifinal.
In doubles action, Notre Dame's No. 3 seeded duo of Pietrowski and Brian Patterson dropped their semifinal match to the top-seeded team of Derek Myers and Chris James of Purdue. The pair lost a 9-8 (7-5) match as James and Myers advanced to the finals to face Turek and Brady Blain. Turek and Blain had earlier ousted Notre Dame's Danny Rothschild and Danny Rothschild in the third round 8-6.