April 9, 1997

Notre Dame Edges Northwestern

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team posted a 4-3 win over Northwestern on Wednesday afternoon to improve its record to 16-4 on the season and win its third-straight match and seventh in its last eight tries. Notre Dame is ranked No. 11 in the country while the Wildcats, ranked No. 22 in the country, are 11-5. Notre Dame also remains unbeaten in regional play with an 11-0 record.

The Irish opened the match by winning two of the three doubles matches to get the doubles point and the two teams split the six singles matches as the Irish escaped with the victory. Notre Dame picked up singles wins from freshman Ryan Sachire at No. 1, who is ranked No. 42 in the country, sophomore Brian Patterson at No. 4 and junior Danny Rothschild at No. 5. Sachire and Rothschild keyed the Notre Dame victory as they posted wins in both doubles and singles.

Notre Dame 4, Northwestern 3

Ryan Sachire (ND) def. Alex Witt, 6-3, 6-1
Marc Silva (NW) def. Jakub Pietrowski, 7-5, 6-4
Martin Bengtsson (NW) def. Ryan Simme, 7-6, 6-3
Brian Patterson (ND) def. Ry Tarpley, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
Danny Rothschild (ND) def. Doug Bohaboy, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
Richard Preschern (NW) def. Eric Enloe 6-4, 6-4

Pietrowski and Patterson (ND) def. Witt and Preschern, 8-1
Silva and Bohaboy (NW) def. Sachire and Trent Miller, 8-5
Simme and Rothschild (ND) def. Tarpley and Bengtsson, 8-4

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