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No. 29 Irish Welcome No. 17 Illinois To Eck For Key National Matchup
Junior Greg Andrews won at one singles and one doubles Sunday at Wisconsin.
 
Junior Greg Andrews won at one singles and one doubles Sunday at Wisconsin.

March 4, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The No. 29 University of Notre Dame men's tennis team returns home to Eck Tennis Pavilion at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a key national matchup with No. 17 Illinois.

The Irish and the Fighting Illini have been a part of some incredible battles throughout the years as Notre Dame holds a slim 23-22 edge in the all-time series. Since 1989 Illinois has a 15-14 advantage. Last year the Irish lost a heartbreaker, 4-3, in Champaign.

Illinois (6-3) is coming off a 5-2 win over Northwestern at home. Other impressive home wins include a pair of 4-3 victories over No. 5 Duke and No. 7 Kentucky. The squad's three losses came at the hands of then-No. 19 Tennessee twice, 4-0 and 4-0, and No. 24 Tulsa, 4-2. Leading the Fighting Illini are three ranked singles players in No. 38 Jared Hiltzik (7-1), No. 113 Tim Kopinski (4-2) and No. 118 Ross Guignon (5-1). 

The Irish (7-5) are coming off a 5-2 victory at No. 59 Wisconsin Sunday. Notre Dame picked up its fourth ranked win of the year with the victory over the Badgers. After dropping doubles and No. 4 singles to fall behind 2-0, the Irish rebounded to claim the final five singles contests to earn the come-from-behind win.

Sitting at 4-2 in the friendly confines of the Eck Tennis Pavilion, the matchup against the Illini will be the last at home until No. 2 USC comes calling March 20.

Two singles players appear in the national rankings for the Irish led by No. 97 Greg Andrews (7-4) and No. 102 Blas Moros (6-4).

Fans can follow the match through live stats with a link provided on UND.com. Live match updates will also be available on Twitter (@NDMensTennis).

For fans in attendance, free Papa Johns pizza will be provided while supplies last.

The Irish next head to the elite Blue Gray National Tennis Classic for Spring Break March 15-17.


 

 

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Event Calendar

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February 5
L, 5-2
Illinois
Champaign, Illinois (Atkins Tennis Center)
RECAP
February 7
12:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 7
5:30 PM
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)

Live Stats
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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