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No. 29 Irish Welcome Rival No. 21 Michigan In Key Regional Matchup

Freshman Alex Lawson has teamed with Billy Pecor to go 3-2 at No. 2 doubles so far this season.

Feb. 15, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The No. 29 University of Notre Dame men's tennis team returns to Eck Tennis Pavilion for the first time in almost two weeks at 1 p.m. Saturday when it welcomes in long-time rival Michigan (No. 21).

The matchup with the Wolverines represents the third ranked opponent in a row and seventh in the last eight matches for the Irish. All seven opponents have been ranked in the top 50 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings and the Irish (5-4) are 2-4 in those contests. 

Notre Dame is coming off its third heartbreaking 4-3 loss of the season, this time on the road at No. 7 Kentucky Tuesday. For the second consecutive season the Irish claimed the doubles point from the Wildcats, but couldn't seal the deal in singles, losing four of the six matches.

Leading the Irish continues to be reigning BIG EAST Men's Tennis Player of the Week Greg Andrews, who sits 6-2 at No. 1 singles this spring and moved up to No. 71 in the latest ITA rankings this week.

Continuing to show steady play in the singles lineup is freshman Quentin Monaghan at three (6-1) and junior Ryan Bandy at six (4-1).

In doubles action, Irish tandems at two and three boast winning marks as Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor are 3-2 at two and Bandy and Matt Dooley are 4-3 at three.

Michigan (4-2) is coming off a 5-2 loss at No. 9 Duke last Sunday. Two ranked singles players in No. 16 Evan King and No. 50 Vlad Stefan pace the Wolverines. King is also apart of two ranked doubles teams - No. 9 with Shaun Bernstein and No. 32 with Alex Buzzi.


 

 

Last year the Irish snuck out of Ann Arbor with a 4-3 win over the 28th ranked Wolverines. The Irish appeared to be in trouble after dropping all three doubles contests to go into a 1-0 hole. However, the Irish roared back in singles, winning matches at two, three, four and five to claim victory. It was the first win over their rival since 2009. 

For fans in attendance at Saturday's match, Let's Spoon will provide free fro-yo sundaes while supplies last.

Fans not in attendance can follow the action through the live stats link that is provided on UND.com.

Following the matchup with Michigan, Notre Dame makes the familiar trip to No. 4 Ohio State next Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.   

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Event Calendar

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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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