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 Center.

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

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