Feb. 1, 1998
No. 23 Irish Men's Tennis Falls to No. 21 Northwestern, 5-2
Notre Dame drops first dual match of season
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team, ranked No. 23 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, lost its first dual match of the season on Sunday when it fell to Northwestern by a 5-2 score. Northwestern, ranked No. 21 in the country, improves to 3-0 on the season, while the Irish are 3-1.
Northwestern went out to a 1-0 lead on the day when it won the doubles point by winning two of three matches, including a win by Alex Witt and Martin Bengtsson at No. 1 doubles against Notre Dame's Jakub Pietrowski and Brian Patterson that went 9-8 (6).
The Wildcats then won the match with four singles victories, including wins at all three top spots. Witt defeated Notre Dame's Ryan Sachire at No. 1 singles by a 6-4, 6-4 score. Dan Rothschild at No. 4 and Andy Warford at No. 6 were the singles winners for the Irish.
Match by Match Results:
Notre Dame 2
Alex Witt (NW) defeated Ryan Sachire, 6-4, 6-4
Marc Silva (NW) def. Jakub Pietrowski, 7-6, 6-3
Doug Bohaboy (NW) def. Brian Patterson, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Dan Rothschild (ND) def. Martin Bengtsson, 6-2, 6-3
Ry Tarpley (NW) def. Eric Enloe, 7-6 (4), 6-3
Andy Warford (ND) def. Brad Erickson, 6-1, 6-4
Doubles (most doubles wins are worth one match point)
Witt and Bengtsson (NW) def. Pietrowski and Patterson, 9-8 (6)
Silva and Bohaboy (NW) def. Rothschild and Matt Daly, 7-5
Sachire and Matt Horsley (ND) def. Tarpley and Derrick Nguyen, 8-0