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Irish Open NCAA Play Against Vanderbilt Saturday
2012 BIG EAST Player of the Year Greg Andrews leads the Irish into the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in the last 22 years.
 
2012 BIG EAST Player of the Year Greg Andrews leads the Irish into the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in the last 22 years.

May 11, 2012

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
For the 21st time in 22 years, the No. 29 Notre Dame men’s tennis team heads to the NCAA Tournament, as it gets set to for the Ohio State Regional this weekend and a first round matchup with No. 40 Vanderbilt at 10 a.m. (ET) on Saturday at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Courts.

The winner between the Irish (20-8) and the Commodores (8-15) will await the winner of No. 5 Ohio State and No. 68 East Tennessee State on Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., next weekend. The Buckeyes and Buccaneers play at 1 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.

“This is the time of the year when everyone in the tennis world gets excited,” said head coach Bobby Bayliss. “We have a great challenge forthcoming in a well-coached Vanderbilt squad. They are young, but have improved noticeably throughout the year. Our team has had some great practices thus far at Ohio State and we are looking forward to a great weekend of tennis.”  

Entering their ninth consecutive NCAA tournament, the Irish have put together quite a season, defeating eight ranked opponents and winning 20 matches for the first time since the 2007 season. They squad is led by 2012 BIG EAST Player of the Year Greg Andrews, who enters the NCAA Tournament with a remarkable 25-3 record. Elsewhere on the team, four other regular singles players have reached the 15-win plateau. At the top of the lineup, senior Casey Watt sports a 15-11 record, often times playing against nationally-ranked competition. Fellow senior Sam Keeton boasts a 15-8 record playing primarily at No. 3 singles and entered the spring season ranked No. 74. Senior Niall Fitzgerald has a 16-7 record playing mostly at No. 5 singles, while junior Blas Moros has piled up 20 wins (20-6) playing mostly at the six spot.


 

 

At doubles, Notre Dame boasts a formidable lineup led by Watt and Fitzgerald at one. The senior duo sports a 9-9 record, but is ranked No. 55 in the country and received an invitation to the NCAA Doubles Championships that will take place later in the month in Athens, Ga. At two, Andrews partners with junior Spencer Talmadge. The twosome has put together a 15-5 mark this spring. At three, Keeton and sophomore Billy Pecor have a 14-6 record during the spring season.  

Vanderbilt boasts an incredibly young team, as six of the team’s 10 players are freshmen. Only two seniors appear on the roster. With such a young team, the Commodores struggled a bit at first, but found their stride as the season went along. Despite losing seven of their last eight matches, many of the matches were close throughout. Among their impressive matches was a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to a strong Michigan squad, and an impressive 4-3 win over No. 23 LSU in the SEC Tournament. Three Commodore players have hit the 20-win mark, as Gonzales Austin (21-13), Charlie Jones (22-13) and Jeff Offerdahl (21-13) specialize at two, one and four singles respectively.

In doubles, the team of Austin and Alex DiValerio (4-4) are ranked No. 22 in the country.

With a pair of wins this weekend, Notre Dame would secure its eighth round of 16 invitation. The Irish finished as the NCAA runner-up in 1992 and reached the quarterfinals in 1993. The Irish lost in the opening round in 2004, '05, '08 and '09, but reached the round of 16 in 2006 and '07.

In last year's tournament, a similar field traveled to Columbus. Notre Dame held on for a 4-3 victory over East Tennessee State in the opening round before falling to Ohio State 4-0 in the Round of 32.

The Irish and Buckeyes met earlier this season with Ohio State holding on for a 5-2 victory in that matchup at Eck Tennis Pavilion. In that match, the Irish took the doubles point and won at No. 4 singles as Pecor defeated No. 44 Devin McCarthy, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7).

Fans wanting to follow the match on Saturday can follow the live stats link available on UND.com. If rain moves the match indoors, free live video will also be available.         

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September 16
All Day
Chowder Fest
Cambridge, Mass. (Beren Tennis Center)
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September 17
All Day
Chowder Fest
Cambridge, Mass. (Beren Tennis Center)
RECAP
September 18
All Day
Chowder Fest
Cambridge, Mass. (Beren Tennis Center)
RECAP
September 22
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 23
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 24
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 25
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 26
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 27
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 3
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 6
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 8
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 8
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 10
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 20
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 24
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 31
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 4
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 5
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
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
TBD
April 27
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 30
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
May 12
All Day
NCAA Championships
TBD

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