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No. 24 Irish To Battle No. 4 Illinois

March 7, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The 24th-ranked Notre Dame men's tennis team is set to play host to No. 4 Illinois Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. (ET) at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in Notre Dame, Ind. The match was previously stated to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Notre Dame and Illinois last clashed on Jan. 29 during the ITA Kickoff Weekend but lost in a hard-fought 4-1 battle in Champaign, Ill. The Irish came out to an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point at the second and third positions.

In the first meeting with the Illini, Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) was downed by KU Singh in a three-set match at No. 2 singles. The senior came out with an early lead, handling Singh 6-2, followed by consecutive losses (7-5, 6-1) to conclude the match and even out the score (1-1).

Samuel Keeton (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill) was defeated by Roy Kalmanovich in a three-set match (6-2, 4-6, 3-6) at No. 5 singles, while Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) battled Dennis Nevolo at No. 1 singles. The pair split the first two sets before Nevolo downed Watt, 6-3, in the final set.

Greg Andrews (Richland, Mich./Gull Lake) defeated No. 121 Abe Souza in the first set at No. 4 singles, but dropped the final two sets, 3-6 and 7-6 (7-4). Souza's victory clinched the match for the Illini, making the final score 4-1.

SCOUTING THE IRISH

• Notre Dame is currently 9-7 on the season • The Irish most recently split wins over the weekend • Friday (March 4) Notre Dame fell to No. 18 Texas A&M before rebounding to down No. 60 Northwestern • The Irish remain No. 24 in the Campbell/ITA Tennis Rankings with the latest rankings set to be released Tuesday (March 8) • Senior Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) had a perfect 2-0 weekend as the third singles competitor downed Texas A&M's 80th-ranked Alexis Klegou in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 and Northwestern's Andrew McCarthy in consecutive 6-4 sets.


 

 

SCOUTING THE ILLINI

•Illinois currently carries a 9-4 record heading into the match against Notre Dame • The Illini rank fourth in the Campbell/ITA Tennis Rankings • Most recently, Illinois defeated No. 73 Iowa, 4-3 • Dennis Nevolo is ranked No. 50 in the Campbell/ITA National Singles Rankings, Johnny Hamui is No. 62 and Abe Souza is No. 65 • Hamui is currently on a four-match winning streak • In the doubles rankings, Nevolo and Souza are No. 32 and Johnny Hamui and Abe Souza are No. 60.

ALL-TIME SERIES vs. ILLINOIS

Notre Dame vs. Illinois 22-21

Notre Dame vs. Illinois under Bayliss 13-13

Bayliss vs. Illinois 14-13

First Meeting (1933) Illinois, 7-0

Most Recent Meeting (2011) Illinois, 4-1

Complete results and a recap will be posted to und.com following each match. Live results of each match are available at und.com and fans can follow the team on Twitter (@NDmenstennis).

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February 19
W, 7-0
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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WatchND Tennis
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 18
6:00 PM
Aquinas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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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)

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April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 2
5:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 7
3:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)

ACC Network Extra
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)

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April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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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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