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Andrews, Fitzgerald and Watt Head To Athens For NCAAs
Sophomore Greg Andrews begins the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday.
 
Sophomore Greg Andrews begins the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday.

May 22, 2012

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
Three members of the Notre Dame men’s tennis team are on their way to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, which get underway on Wednesday at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex. BIG EAST Player of the Year Greg Andrews will participate in the NCAA Singles Championship, while seniors Niall Fitzgerald and Casey Watt will meet in the NCAA Doubles Championship.

No. 54 Andrews gets started on Wednesday at 10 a.m. as he meets Ole Miss’ No. 45 Jonas Lutjen in the round of 64. If the Richland, Mich., native advances, he would play the round of 32 on Thursday, the round of 16 on Friday, the quarterfinals on Saturday and the semifinals on Sunday, with the championship match on Monday. Andrews received a bid based on being the highest ranked player in the BIG EAST and enters the tournament with a 26-4 record during the spring season.

With Andrews berth in the singles championship, Notre Dame has now had an individual compete in the tourney in every year since 2006. He will look to become the first Irish player to advance past the second round since Sheeva Parbhu made it to the quarterfinals in 2006. Watt competed in the tournament the last two seasons, while current associate head coach Ryan Sachire was a member of the field all four years he wore the Irish blue and gold (1997-2000), advancing to the round of 16 in 1998.

Fitzgerald and Watt open the doubles championship on Thursday when they battle the No. 4 seeded duo of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher of Stanford. The Irish pair are ranked No. 55 in the country and received an automatic berth based on being the highest ranked team in the BIG EAST. They enter the tournament with a 9-11 record during the spring season. If Fitzgerald and Watt advance they would play in the round of 16 on Friday, the quarterfinals on Saturday and the semifinals on Sunday, with the championship match on Monday.    

The duo becomes the first Irish doubles team since 2007 to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championship when Parbhu and Ryan Keckley qualified. The last twosome to advance past the first round were Brian Patterson and Jakub Pietrowski in 1998, who advanced to the round of 16.

For a complete recap of the Irish week in Athens, stay tuned to UND.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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