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    April 11, 1998

    Notre Dame Loses to Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Notre Dame's 14th-ranked men's tennis team lost a tight 4-3 match at seventh-ranked Texas on Saturday, in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns won the doubles point and then won the last three singles matches to clinch the win. The Irish fall to 14-5 with the loss while Texas improves to 19-2. The loss marked the fourth straight year the Irish have dropped a 4-3 match to Texas and the second straight year Texas entered the match as the seventh-ranked team in the country.

    Texas won at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to win the doubles point and won in straight sets at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles for the 4-3 win. Sophomore Ryan Sachire, senior Jakub Pietrowski and junior Brian Patterson won at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 for Notre Dame's three points.

    Notre Dame will face its second consecutive top-10 opponent when the Irish travel to sixth-ranked and regional-rival Illinois for a 2:00 p.m. match on Monday, April 13. Notre Dame is 10-0 against Illinois under 11th-year head coach Bobby Bayliss.

    No. 1:  Paul Martin/Nick Crowell (UT) def. Brian Patterson/Jakub Pietrowski (ND) 8-5
    No. 2:  Vijay Freeman/Dan Rothschild (ND) def. Michael Blue/B.J. Stearns (UT) 9-7
    No. 3:  Jack Brasington/Gwandel Gueit (UT) def. Matt Horsley/Ryan Sachire (ND) 8-5
    No. 1:  Sachire (ND) def. Martin (UT) 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
    No. 2:  Pietrowski (ND) def. Crowell (UT) 7-6, 6-3
    No. 3:  Patterson (ND) def. Brasington (UT) 6-4, 6-3
    No. 4:  Stearns (UT) def. Rothschild (ND) 6-4, 6-1
    No. 5:  Gueit (UT) def. Horsley  (ND) 6-4, 6-2
    No. 6: Blue (UT)  def. Eric Enloe (ND) 7-5, 6-4
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