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No. 28 Men's Tennis Wins BIG EAST Title With 4-0 Sweep Of No. 50 Louisville

Freshman Quentin Monaghan clinched the championship for the Irish with a win at No. 2 singles.

April 21, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The No. 28 University of Notre Dame men's tennis team captured its ninth BIG EAST title and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Sunday morning as the Irish swept archrival Louisville (No. 50), 4-0, at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.   

With the win, the Irish claimed their ninth BIG EAST title, and first since 2008, in their last season in the league as well as the last season for ITA Hall of Fame head coach Bobby Bayliss, who is retiring following the end of the season. In 18 years in the BIG EAST, Notre Dame has won eight BIG EAST finals, finished as the runner-up seven times, taken third and fourth place once each and been named co-champion after the 2003 championship match against Miami was canceled due to poor weather.

The win also gives Notre Dame 16 conference championships in its history, counting the seven it won in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) beginning in 1989 and ending in 1995. The Irish won all 16 crowns under Bayliss, who came to Notre Dame from MIT in 1988.

"I'm especially happy for this group of guys," said Bayliss. "We've had a tremendous team culture all year. There are no big egos and everyone has shouldered the load the entire season. For the seniors - Blas (Moros), Michael (Moore) and Spencer (Talmadge) - it was good to see them go out with a win. I'm looking forward to watching Ryan's (Sachire) team next year. I feel there is a tremendous nucleus of players and under his direction I anticipate great things.

"I would like to thank the fans who stayed with us all weekend and turned the Eck Tennis Pavilion into a hotbed of enthusiasm. I feel the staff at Notre Dame really put its best foot forward in hosting this event. Monica (Cundiff) and Kathryn (Coneys) were on top of everything all weekend from an event management side and Tony Sutton and Jim Russ did a great job on the medical side of things."  

Junior standout Greg Andrews was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship after going 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles throughout the week. The Richland, Mich., native became the sixth Irish men's performer to earn the award and the first since Brett Helgeson in 2008.

Notre Dame will now await its NCAA Championship destination, with the first and second rounds set for May 10-12 at select campus sites around the country.  

The Irish will carry a nine-match winning streak into the NCAAs, which is the longest streak since the 2006-07 squad won nine in a row and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.

With a great home crowd behind their every shot, the Irish absolutely dominated the doubles point, winning handily at one and two.

Ryan Bandy and Spencer Talmadge got the day started with an impressive 8-2 win over Alex Gornet and Chris Simich at two.

Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor followed closely behind with an 8-4 victory over Van Damrongsri and Sebastian Stiefelmeyer at one.

With the doubles point decided, action at three was abandoned with Quentin Monaghan and Andrews leading Luis Elizondo and Albert Wagner, 7-2.

In singles the Irish closed out the match with wins at six, one and two. Bandy gave the Irish a 2-0 lead as he breezed past Damrongsri in straight sets at six, 6-3, 6-1. The lead stretched to 3-0 after No. 85 Andrews bested No. 65 Stiefelmeyer, 6-3, 7-5, for the second time in a week. Freshman Quentin Monaghan clinched the title for Notre Dame with a 7-5, 6-3 win at two over Wagner.

Action at three, four and five was abandoned with the match decided.

RESULTS

Singles

No. 1: #85 Greg Andrews (ND) d. #65 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU), 6-3, 7-5

No. 2: Quentin Monaghan (ND) d. Albert Wagner (LOU), 7-5, 6-3

No. 3: Blas Moros (ND) vs. Chris Simich (LOU), 7-6 (7-5), 2-1, unfinished

No. 4: Billy Pecor (ND) vs. Michael Lippens (LOU), 6-4, 2-6, 2-2, unfinished

No. 5: Wyatt McCoy (ND) vs. Alex Gornet (LOU), 4-6, 5-5, unfinished

No. 6: Ryan Bandy (ND) d. Van Damrongsri (LOU), 6-3, 6-1

Order of Finish: 6, 1, 2

Doubles

No. 1: Alex Lawson / Billy Pecor (ND) d. Van Damrongsri / Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOU), 8-4

No. 2: Ryan Bandy / Spencer Talmadge (ND) d. Alex Gornet / Chris Simich (LOU), 8-2

No. 3: Quentin Monaghan / Greg Andrews (ND) vs. Luis Elizondo / Albert Wagner (LOU), 7-2, unfinished

Order of Finish: 2, 1

--ND--


 

 

Event Calendar

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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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