Men's Tennis

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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.

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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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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