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Need To Know: Michigan

Feb. 13, 2016

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 36 University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team will look to move above .500 Saturday when the Irish welcome No. 54 Michigan to the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

WHAT: Match 9
WHO: No. 36 Notre Dame (4-4) vs. No. 54 Michigan (5-1)
WHEN: 4 p.m. ET, February 13, 2016
WHERE: Eck Tennis Pavilion (Notre Dame, Ind.)
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TWITTER: @NDMensTennis

Below, find all you need to know ahead of this weekend’s action:

The Last Meeting
Notre Dame5
Michigan2
February 14, 2015
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
No. 16 Notre Dame Snags Road Win Over No 47 Michigan
The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team went on the road and picked up an important non-conference victory, defeating No. 47 Michigan 5-2 on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Scouting Michigan
After opening the season with a loss to unranked Kentucky, the No. 53 Wolverines have won five straight matches, including a 7-0 blanking of No. 25 Duke last Sunday. The Wolverines are led by No. 73 Jathan Malik, who is 3-2 at the top of the lineup, while Carter Lin is 4-1 and ranked 115th in the nation. Overall, the Wolverines are 30-4 in dual singles matches this season. Though none of its doubles teams are ranked, Michigan has won the doubles point in all five of its wins.

Irish in the Series
Notre Dame is 31-45 all time against Michigan, but have won the last four meetings dating back to 2012. Last season, the Irish traveled to Ann Arbor and walked away with a 5-2 win over the then-No. 47 Wolverines.

Doubles Dominance
With 84 career doubles wins, senior Alex Lawson has moved into fourth place on the all-time Irish doubles win list. His 84-46 (.646) puts him just behind Jakub Pietrowski (95-45), Greg Andrews (93-50) and Billy Pecor (88-45) on the career register. Lawson has been ranked within the top 10 in doubles in each of the last three seasons, including his current No. 6 ranking with partner Quentin Monaghan, and has qualified for the past two NCAA Doubles Championships with former partners Andrews (’14) and Pecor (’15).

Rankings Summary
No updated team rankings were released this week, so the Irish remained at No. 36 in the Oracle/ITA standings. Seniors Quentin Monaghan and Alex Lawson remained ranked at No. 6 in the newest national doubles rankings (despite not having played together in three matches), while Monaghan fell to No. 51 in the singles poll (from No. 37).

Last Time Out
The Irish put together a mini two-match win streak to close last weekend after four straight losses on the road to ranked opponents. Notre Dame opened the weekend on Friday with a 5-2 loss at No. 12 Illinois, but returned home Sunday to record wins over No. 53 Indiana (5-2) and Ball State (7-0).

ITA Rules Changes
This season, the NCAA with the support of the ITA, will utilize a no-ad scoring format for the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tennis championships. If a game reaches deuce, the next point will win the game. Additionally, eight-game pro-sets will no longer be utilized in doubles matches, with teams playing one set to six, with a tiebreak at six-all. At the individual doubles championships, matches will consist of the best-of-three sets, with a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. The rules changes are designed to improve the pace of play in championship matches.

For the latest on all things Irish men's tennis, follow @NDMensTennis on Twitter and like Notre Dame Men's Tennis on Facebook.

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Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master's degree from Georgetown University in 2013.


 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

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
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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