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Andrews, Fitzgerald and Watt Head To Athens For NCAAs

Sophomore Greg Andrews begins the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday.

May 22, 2012

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

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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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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