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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.
 
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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February 5
L, 5-2
Illinois
Champaign, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
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February 7
W, 5-2
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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February 7
W, 7-0
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 13
4:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
10:00 AM
Kentucky
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 28
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 3
TBA
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts (TBA)
March 6
12:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 11
11:00 AM
Clemson
Clemson, South Carolina (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
March 13
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
March 18
3:30 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 20
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia (Snyder Tennis Complex)
March 27
2:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Georgia (Byers Tennis Complex)
April 1
3:30 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 3
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 8
3:30 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 17
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, North Carolina (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
April 21
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 22
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 23
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)
April 24
All Day
ACC Championships
Cary, North Carolina (Cary Tennis Center)

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