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Irish Continue Road Swing With A Match At Duke

Feb. 5, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Fighting Irish men's tennis team travels to Durham, N.C. to face Duke this weekend as part of a five-match road swing. The match versus the Blue Devils will take place at noon on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

Live stat updates of Sunday's match can be accessed via the Duke University men's tennis schedule page at www.goduke.com, while a complete recap will be posted on und.com at the conclusion of the match.

Series Breakdown
Duke leads the all-time series by a 15-7 margin. Under head coach Bobby Bayliss, the gap has narrowed as Duke holds a 10-7 advantage versus the 23rd-year head coach. Notre Dame has also won the past three meetings, which took place over the last three years.

In 2007, the Irish won at home, 6-1, and followed with a narrow 4-3 win at Duke in 2008. In 2009, the Irish earned a home win, 5-2. In last season's match, the Irish claimed the doubles point and used singles wins from Sam Keeton (Kansas City, Mo./The Pembroke Hill School), Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland), Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and Brett Helgeson '09 to establish the final 5-2 advantage.

Scouting The Blue Devils
Duke enters the weekend with a 2-1 record and ranked 21st in the most recent ITA release (Feb. 4). Before facing the Irish on Sunday, Duke will play host to 12th-ranked Illinois at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Duke's two wins were earned over Elon (7-0) and Auburn (4-2), with their loss coming against Alabama (2-4).

The Blue Devils are led by second year head coach Ramsey Smith. Last season, Smith guided Duke to a 16-9 record and to an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2010 Duke lineup includes three ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team including 62nd-ranked senior Dylan Arnould, 77th-ranked sophomore Torsten Wietoska and 17th-ranked freshman Henrique Cunha. Junior Reid Carleton and Cunha are the eighth ranked doubles team.

 

 

Last Weekend
The Irish split a pair of matches in Columbus, Ohio as part of the 2010 ITA Kickoff Weekend to move to 3-2 on the year. The Irish dropped their opening round match to No. 35 Tulsa, 4-3, but rebounded to down No. 51 New Mexico, 4-1. In the win over New Mexico, the Irish swept doubles play and used singles wins from Watt, Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hill Christian School) and David Anderson (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) to clinch the win.

Notes
The ITA released the third round of team rankings for the 2010 season on Feb. 4 and the Irish moved to 34th ... dating back to March 28 of last season, David Anderson is 8-0 in his last 10 dual season singles starts (two matches unfinished) ... Notre Dame's class of 2014 has been ranked fifth-best in the country according to a recent tennisrecruiting.net poll, which was released on Jan. 25 ... The most recent ranking mark Notre Dame's third consecutive top-six signing class according to the website making Notre Dame the only program in the nation that can currently boast a top-six recruiting ranking for three consecutive years (2008, 2009 & 2010).

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Event Calendar

Delta

February 19
W, 7-0
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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Live Stats
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February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

Live Stats
WatchND Tennis
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
March 18
6:00 PM
Aquinas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
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)

Live Stats
April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 2
5:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 7
3:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)

ACC Network Extra
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)

Live Stats
April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
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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