April 10, 1998

Notre Dame Downs Ball State 6-1

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Notre Dame's 14th-ranked men's tennis team swept the doubles and won five of six singles matches for a 6-1 win over host Ball State on Friday morning. With the win the Irish improve to 14-4 and will seventh-ranked Texas in Austin on Saturday before traveling to sixth-ranked Illinois on Monday.

Notre Dame opened the match by winning the doubles point with wins at all three doubles. Seniors Vijay Freeman and Dan Rothschils won a 9-7 match at No. 1 doubles while sophomores Matt Horsley and Ryan Sachire were 8-1 winners at No. 2. Junior Brian Patterson and freshman Matt Daly completed the sweep with an 8-5 win at No. 3.

The Irish cruised through the first four matches in singles without losing a set. Sachire, Patterson, Rothschild and Horsley each won in straight sets. Senior Eric Enloe rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles. Ball State won its only point as Joe Gabey beat Andy Warford 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.

The win was the 10th straight for the Irish over the Cardinals since a 7-2 Ball State win in 1989 in Bobby Bayliss' second year as Notre Dame head coach.

No. 1:  Vijay Freeman/Dan Rothschild (ND) def. Kevin Donovan/Patrick Vizzone (BSU) 9-7
No. 2:  Ryan Sachire/Matt Horsley (ND) def. Bryan Smith/Rafael Domenech (BSU) 8-1
No. 3:  Brian Patterson/Matt Daly (ND) def. J.D. Hall/Juan Fernandez (BSU) 8-5
No.1:  Sachire (ND) def. Donovan (BSU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 2:  Patterson (ND) def. Vizzone (BSU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 3:  Rothschild (ND) def. Fernandez (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4:  Horsley (ND) def. Ryan Baxter (BSU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 5:  Eric Enloe (ND) def. Hall (BSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6:  Joe Gabey (BSU) def. Andy Warford (ND) 6-3, 6-7, 7-5

Event Calendar


January 16
12:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
6:00 PM
Champaign, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
January 23
Champaign, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
January 29
6:00 PM
Evanston, Illinois (Combe Tennis Center)
February 5
6:00 PM
Champaign, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
February 7
12:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 7
6:00 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
All Day
ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Charlottesville, Virginia (Boars Head Country Club)

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