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No. 16 Notre Dame Takes Down No. 9 Mississippi State At National Indoors

Senior Greg Andrews

Feb. 15, 2014

Results

HOUSTON, Texas --- The Notre Dame men's tennis team has been seeing a lot of the word "upset" lately, but tonight they may have laid the term to rest. After giving No. 1 a Virginia a run in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championships yesterday, the No. 16 Irish handily took down the higher ranked No. 9 Mississippi State in the consolation play today, 4-1.

The Irish were in trouble early, as they lost the doubles point at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Notre Dame has not dropped the doubles point to an opponent since the match against Minnesota three weeks ago.

But the Irish have proven their grit in recent weeks' tough matchups, and they went into the singles matches with determination and energy. Notre Dame won the first set of all six singles matches, setting the tone for the rest of the match.

"We've been doing a great job in doubles this season, having gone for eight of nine in doubles points coming into this match," explained head coach Ryan Sachire. "You wonder how you will respond after losing that doubles point, but we did a really good job refocusing ourselves and turning the momentum around in singles."

Senior Ryan Bandy was the first off the court at No. 3 singles. Despite being down early in his first set to Jordan Angus (ranked 115th), the senior battled back to win, 6-2, 6-3.

Sophomore Eric Schnurrenberger next defeated Tassilo Schmid at No. 6, 6-3, 6-4. After winning his first set, Schnurrenberger had to battle back from a 3-0 deficit in his second set.

Freshman Josh Hagar won the third point for the Irish, taking down Zach White, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4. 

And the match was clinched by senior Greg Andrews, who defeated 52nd-ranked Florian Lakat, 6-5(5), 6-4. Tonight's victory broke a six-loss streak for the senior. 


 

 

"It's been a tough go of it for Greg in the last month," Sachire said. "He's played some really good players, and he'd played good tennis but just hasn't been able to win the tough sets. For him to break through and get that first set tonight--especially in a tiebreaker--was really good for him. We've seen him building to where he can be in the last couple matches. Each time on the court, he's been a little bit better each time. We felt the momentum coming, he felt the momentum coming, and he went out with a lot of confidence. For him, when he's doing that and playing with belief, he's as good as any player in the country."

Notre Dame will play its last match of competition tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. (ET) against No. 12 Florida. Fans can find results here at UND.com or at the ITA Tournament Central.

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant 

--ND--

Event Calendar

Delta

January 20
3:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
12:00 PM
Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
January 27
1:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
January 28
3:00 PM
TBA
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
February 4
10:00 AM
Monmouth N.J.
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 4
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 11
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
12:00 PM
Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
5:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 19
12:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
March 31
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 7
3:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
April 9
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
April 14
3:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Center)
April 16
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
April 21
3:30 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 26
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 27
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 28
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 29
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 30
TBA
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
May 12
All Day
NCAA Championships
TBD

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