April 19, 1997

Notre Dame Advances to Big East Championships

MIAMI, Fla. --- The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team advanced to championship match of the Big East Conference tournament on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Rutgers. The Irish will meet Miami in the final on Sunday as the Hurricanes were a 4-0 winner over Providence in the other semifinal. Notre Dame is the defending league champion and also met Miami in last year's league final .The Irish are 19-4 on the season and are ranked No. 13 in the country.

Sophomore Brian Patterson was a winner for the Irish in both singles and doubles against the Scarlet Knights while senior Ryan Simme and junior Danny Rothschild also picked up victories in singles.

Notre Dame 4, Rutgers 0

Singles
No. 1 Ryan Sachire (ND) vs. Scott McGrath, susp.
No. 2 Jakub Pietrowski (ND) vs. Joe Howard, susp.
No. 3 Ryan Simme (ND) def. Jared Morris, 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Brian Patterson (ND) def. Ryan Shockley, 6-4, 6-2
No. 5. Danny Rothschild (ND) def. Arjun Viswanathan, 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 Eric Enloe (ND) vs. Anando Rao, susp.

Doubles
No. 1 Patterson and Jakub Pietrowski (ND) def. McGrath and Viswanathan, 8-2
No. 2 Simme and Rothschild (ND) vs. Howard and Nick Caradonna, susp.
No. 3 Sachire and Margo Magnano (ND) def. Moris and Shockley, 8-2.

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