April 17, 2016
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — With the regular season concluded, the Atlantic Coast Conference has released its bracket for next week’s ACC Men’s Tennis Championship, with the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team earning a No. 7 seed ahead of Thursday’s second round.
The Irish (14-12, 6-6 ACC) will face No. 10 seed Duke (11-14, 4-8 ACC) at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina. The top 11 seeds (of 13) received a first-round bye, with one first-round match taking place on Wednesday.
The Irish defeated the Blue Devils 5-2 on March 18 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Irish won five of seven tiebreaker sets and two three-set matches in a close singles showdown.
The winner of Thursday’s match between Notre Dame and Duke will play No. 2 seed Wake Forest at 1 p.m. ET Friday. Saturday’s semifinal matches will take place at 2 p.m. ET, with the match featuring the highest-seeded team streamed on ESPN3. Sunday’s 2 p.m. ET championship match will also be streamed on ESPN3.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.