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No. 27 Men's Tennis Travels To In-State Rival Ball State Monday

Freshman Quentin Monaghan

March 31, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The No. 27 University of Notre Dame men's tennis team returns to action Monday afternoon when it travels to in-state rival Ball State for a 2 p.m. match at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center in Muncie, Ind.

The Irish (11-7) are coming off a 6-1 win over William & Mary last Saturday, March 23. In the match Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead after winning doubles and then claimed victory at one through five singles to put away the Tribe.

Notre Dame continues to be led at the top of its lineup by junior Greg Andrews, who checks in at No. 109 in this week's ITA rankings. The three-time BIG EAST Player of the Week is 10-7 at the top spot this spring season. Freshman Quentin Monaghan (10-4) and senior Blas Moros (9-5) continue to display steady play at two and three singles, respectively. At the bottom half of the lineup, Billy Pecor (8-6), Wyatt McCoy (7-5), Michael Moore (7-3) and Ryan Bandy (5-3) have all produced big wins for the Irish throughout the spring season.  

The Cardinals (10-6) bested Illinois State, 4-3, on the road Saturday. Ball State has won eight of its last 10 matches, including four in a row. A pair of performers rotates at No. 1, as Dalton Albertin is a perfect 5-0 while Ray Leonard is 6-6. During the dual season Albertin is 11-6 and Leonard is 8-6. Performing especially well for the Cardinals are Patrick Elliot (12-3) and Austin Smith (12-4), who play anywhere from three to six in the Ball State lineup. Austin Sansone is 6-2 at six singles.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series against the Cardinals, 37-5, including 21-2 under ITA Hall of Fame head coach Bobby Bayliss.


 

 

Following the match with the Cardinals, the Irish return home to Courtney Tennis Center for three matches in two days. Notre Dame plays SMU at 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, before playing host to BIG EAST rival USF (1 p.m.) and Butler (6 p.m.) Saturday, April 6. Saturday will mark senior day for three Irish men's tennis standouts - Michael Moore, Moros and Spencer Talmadge.

Opening Serve

Notre Dame has owned the BIG EAST Men's Tennis Player of the Week award this spring season, winning seven of the 10 awards the league office has announced ... junior Greg Andrews has won three times, fellow junior Billy Pecor has won twice and senior Blas Moros and freshman Quentin Monaghan has won once each.

The victory over Cornell at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic gave the Irish six wins over teams ranked that are in the March 26 ITA poll - No. 19 Illinois, No. 34 Memphis, No. 35 Michigan, No. 41 Cornell, No. 51 Michigan State and No. 70 Wisconsin.

All of Notre Dame's seven losses this season are to teams ranked in the top 50 of this week's ITA poll, including six teams in the top 25 ... the losses were to No. 2 USC, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 9 Duke, No. 16 Harvard, No. 26 Northwestern and No. 48 Boise State ... four of the six losses have come in 4-3 setbacks.

Notre Dame is 3-5 when losing the doubles point ... all three wins have come over ranked foes - Michigan, Wisconsin and Cornell ... the Irish are 8-2 when winning the doubles point ... the two losses came at Kentucky and to Boise State at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.

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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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