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Notre Dame Earns No. 2 Seed in Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic
Current junior Barry King clinched Notre Dame's 4-3 win over William & Mary in the opening round of the 2005 Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic.
 
Current junior Barry King clinched Notre Dame's 4-3 win over William & Mary in the opening round of the 2005 Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic.

March 15, 2006

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The 20th-ranked University of Notre Dame men's tennis team is the No. 2 seed in the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic, it was revealed last night. The Irish - winners of eight in a row - are the second-highest-ranked squad in the 19-team draw, behind only BIG EAST Conference rival and top-seeded and 12th-ranked Louisville. Notre Dame will open play on Thursday at Noon (EST) against #72 William & Mary (8-9) at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center.

The Irish are the No. 2 seed in the event for the second consecutive year, but were upset by Boise State in the quarterfinals in 2005. Thursday will be the second time ND and the Tribe have hooked up this season, as the Irish won 7-0 in the Eck Tennis Pavilion on Jan. 29. It will be the second year in a row that Notre Dame and William & Mary will play in the opening round of the Blue-Gray. In 2005, current Irish junior Barry King (Dublin, Ireland/Gonzaga College) won a three-set affair against Colin O'Brien in the final match remaining for a 4-3 ND victory.

A win would send the Irish into the quarterfinals for the 15th time in 16 tournament appearances. Notre Dame would play at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday against either #33 South Alabama or #56 Fresno State. The Jaguars are the highest-ranked team not to receive one of the four seeds (#26 Virginia Commonwealth and #32 Boise State were the final two seeds). Notre Dame and South Alabama have met just once previously, and the Jaguars won 4-2 in the final of the 1997 Blue-Gray. The Irish beat the Bulldogs 4-2 in the 2001 final.

Notre Dame's half of the draw appears to be the tougher one, as all nine schools in it are nationally-ranked (two in the top half are unranked), and it has four of the six highest-ranked squads in the field. Among the possible semifinal opponents (Saturday at Noon) are the fourth-seeded Broncos and #36 Middle Tennessee State (a team Notre Dame has never played). Regardless of results, Notre Dame will play matches on Friday and Saturday, but only the teams in the championship match compete on Sunday (1 p.m. start).

Notre Dame is making its 15th consecutive appearance in the Blue-Gray Classic, having compiled a 31-19 (.620) overall mark, reaching the title match on five occasions. The Irish won the tournament in 1993 and 2001 and are looking for their third championship this year, a feat accomplished by just one other school (USC - 1987, '88, '91).

For more information and complete results of all matches in the tournament, see bluegraytennis.com.

 

 

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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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