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Notre Dame Spring Sports Preview: Men's Tennis
Head Bob Bayliss is in his 24th season at Notre Dame, where he has led the Fighting Irish to the NCAA Championship 19 times in the past 20 seasons.
 
Head Bob Bayliss is in his 24th season at Notre Dame, where he has led the Fighting Irish to the NCAA Championship 19 times in the past 20 seasons.

Jan. 21, 2011

Men's Tennis - Video Preview

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in an ongoing series on UND.com, spotlighting the 2011 Notre Dame spring sports season with both written and video previews. Today, we take a look at the Fighting Irish men's tennis team, which has advanced to the NCAA Championship 19 times in the past 20 seasons, adding yet another postseason berth to its resume last year.

The Notre Dame men's tennis team welcomes back a full roster of singles and doubles starters, in addition to four talented freshmen for the 2010-11 season. Given the combination of depth and experience, head coach Bob Bayliss and the Irish are hoping for a successful upcoming campaign.

The Irish concluded the 2009-10 campaign after posting a record of 16-13 and appeared in the NCAA Championship field for the 19th time in the past 20 seasons.

Among the anticipated top singles players for the Irish are junior Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) and seniors Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hill Christian) and Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman).

"Casey gives away nothing in athleticism to anyone he plays," Bayliss says. "He has shown that he can beat the better players in the country - such as Chase Buchanan of Ohio State, Moritz Baumann of Wisconsin and Dennis Nevolo of Illinois - but he needs to be more consistent and efficient while competing against players with less ability."

Havens focused on No. 2 singles last season, compiling an 8-14 record and produced big wins in the fall including a defeat of Wisconsin's Marek Michalicka.

"I am really proud of the way Stephen has taken ownership of his potential," Bayliss says. "In the past, Stephen has shown flashes of brilliance, but was lacking in consistency. It is apparent that he has filled in some of the holes in his game and added more punch to other aspects. But more importantly, he has grown in the area of mental toughness and now welcomes challenges."

Stahl spent the majority of last season at No. 3 singles where he totaled a 12-8 record. Stahl picked up back-to-back singles wins that showed his ability to play at a very high level when he first handled Denis Bogatov of Michigan State 6-2, 7-5, then battled Patrick Pohlmann of Wisconsin 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

"Dan continues to improve as he has gone from a player who had a unique ability to play the ball early to a complete all-court player with the ability to defend and finish at the net," Bayliss says. "He is a great competitor, and is learning to relax and play with a broader perspective."

Seniors David Anderson (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) and Matt Johnson (Portage, Mich./Portage Central), sophomore Blas Moros (Boca Raton, Fla./Pine Crest) and junior Sam Keeton (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill) are meanwhile expected to add depth to the roster.

Anderson, Johnson and Moros both appeared in the lineup last season and are reliable in a variety of roles. Anderson picked up 13 doubles victories, Johnson picked up a two-person win against Toledo, while Moros concluded the season at No. 6 singles by winning 10 of his final 12 singles matches.

Keeton compiled an impressive 17-3 dual record, splitting his playing time between No. 4 and No. 5 singles.

"Sam moved from a reserve position to finished the season as our team's MVP," Bayliss says. "He has learned an efficient slice back hand, and has become adapt to moving in behind on his ground stroke to finished points at the net."

Bayliss anticipates senior captain Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan) and sophomore Spencer Talmadge (Hillsborough, Calif./Junipero Serra) to add to the doubles lineup this season.

"Tyler's insight and skills make him perhaps our best doubles player," Bayliss says. "Spencer has been a pleasant surprise as his quick hands around the net in combination with his powerful serve make him a very capable doubles competitor."

Junior Niall Fitzgerald (Wicklow, Ireland/Blackrock College) and sophomore Michael Moore (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) add even more experience of the roster. Fitzgerald started in 27 doubles matched in the dual season, while Moore made appearances at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles play.

The team adds four new faces to the roster this season in Greg Andrews (Richland, Mich./Gull Lake), Ryan Bandy (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), Matt Dooley (New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels) and Billy Pecor (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral).

"Greg is known in the junior ranks for his big forehand, quickness and competitiveness," Bayliss says. "He has true all-court skills and a great work ethic. Billy has great power and the ability to lift his game to very high levels, therein lies his challenge to consistently play at a very high level. Ryan and Matt are both athletically talented and I foresee them in our starting lineup in the future."

The Irish are known for playing a tough schedule and this season will be different. The team battles 10 top-25 ranked teams (ITA post-season standings) including No. 3 Virginia, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 10 Texas A&M.

While returning all of its 2009-10 starters, adding four talented freshmen and the leadership of Bayliss and his coaching staff, the Irish hope to return to the top of the BIG EAST Conference, while advancing further into the NCAA Championship.

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Event Calendar

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September 23
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 24
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 25
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 26
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 27
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 3
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 6
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 8
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 8
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 10
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 20
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 24
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 31
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 4
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 5
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
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
TBD
April 27
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 30
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
May 12
All Day
NCAA Championships
TBD

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