Feb. 11, 1997
No. 18 Kentucky Knocks off Notre Dame
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 18-ranked University of Kentucky men's
tennis team (5-0 overall) cruised to a dual-match victory over No.
29-ranked Notre Dame Tuesday at the Hilary J. Boone Indoor Tennis
The Wildcats swept the six singles matches and lost the doubles point to
defeat the Fighting Irish, 6-1.
UK clinched the match at No. 2 singles. Senior Ludde Sundin, ranked No.
5 in the collegiate tennis rankings, battled back from down one set to
defeat No. 63-ranked Jakob Pietrowski, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Sundin was
down a break at 4-5 in the second set before rallying to win the match.
No. 6-ranked Cedric Kauffmann continues to play outstanding tennis.
Kauffmann, who is 13-4 on the year, easily defeated No. 38-ranked Ryan
Sachire, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 1 singles. Junior Marcus Fluitt used an
overpowering serve and volley game to cruise to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over
Brian Patterson at No. 3 singles.
UK also got wins from Carlos Drada at No. 4 singles, Dan Spaner at No. 5
singles and Ariel Gaitan at No. 6 singles. Drada and Spaner won both of
their matches in three sets, while Gaitan won in two sets.
Notre Dame earned the first point of the overall match by winning two of
the three doubles matches. Pietrowski and Patterson defeated Fluitt and
Drada at No. 1 singles, 8-3. Notre Dame also won at No. 3 doubles as
Sachire and Trent Miller defeated Spaner and Gaitan, 8-5. UK did take
the No. 2 doubles match, 8-4, as Kauffmann and Sundin defeated Ryan
Simme and Daniel Rothschild.
UK will face No. 10-ranked South Alabama Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Boone
Indoor Tennis Center.
Kentucky 6, Notre Dame 1
Kauffmann, UK, def. Sachire, ND, 6-4, 6-3
Sundin, UK, def. Pietrowski, ND, 3-6, 7-6 (4) 6-2
Fluitt, UK, def. Patterson, ND, 6-4, 6-3
Drada, UK, def. Simme, ND, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Spaner, UK, def. Rothschild, ND, 6-7 (3) 6-1, 7-6(3)
Gaitan, UK, def. Enloe, ND, 6-2, 6-4
Pietrowski/Patterson, ND, def. Fluitt/Drada, UK, 8-3
Kauffmann/Sundin, UK, def. Simme/Rothschild, ND, 8-4
Sachire/Miller, ND, def. Spaner/Gaitan, UK, 8-5