April 18, 1997

Notre Dame Advances to Big East Semifinals

MIAMI, Fla. -- The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the Big East Championship on Friday with a 4-0 win over Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the event. Notre Dame, the top seed in the event, received a first round bye on Thursday and will now meet Rutgers on Saturday in the semifinals.

Notre Dame, the defending Big East champion, improves to 18-4 on the season and is ranked No. 13 in the country. Seniors Ryan Simme and Marco Magnano and sophomore Brian Patterson were all winners in both singles and doubles for the Irish on Friday against the Huskies.

Notre Dame 4, Connecticut 0
Ryan Sachire (N) vs. Rich Saxe, susp.
Ryan Simme (N) def. Drew Broderick, 6-1, 6-3
Brian Patterson (N) def. Eric Engstrom, 6-1, 6-1
Danny Rothschild (N) vs. Mitch Katz, susp.
Eric Enloe (N) vs. Alex Orbanowski, susp.
Marco Magnano (N) def. Mike McManus, 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles (most doubles wins is worth one match point)
Patterson and Jakub Pietrowski (N) def. Saxe and Engstrom, 8-4
Sachire and Magnano (N) vs. Orbanowski and McManus, susp.
Simme and Rothschild (N) def. Broderick and Katz, 8-1.

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