Sept. 13, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -
Fresh off a trip to Dublin, Ireland for an exhibition matchup, the Notre Dame men's tennis team opens up its fall tournament schedule this weekend as the squad splits up with half of the team going to Olympia Fields, Ill., for the OPCC Invitational and the other half going to Kalamazoo, Mich., for the Vredevelt Invitational.
Set to compete against the Irish in Illinois are the host Illini, Texas, Kentucky, Pepperdine and California. All six teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, with Illinois, Kentucky, California and Pepperdine all advancing to the Sweet 16. Pepperdine qualified for the Final Four before falling to No. 3 Virginia.
Five singles players ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's top 25 are expected to compete at Olympia Fields, including Notre Dame's Greg Andrews, who is ranked No. 24 to open the fall campaign. Joining Andrews is fellow co-captain and senior Blas Moros, seniors Michael Moore and Spencer Talmadge, junior Billy Pecor, sophomore Wyatt McCoy and freshmen Quentin Monagham and Alex Lawson.
Making the trek to Kalamazoo are juniors Ryan Bandy and Matt Dooley, sophomores Michael Fredericka and Dougie Barnard and freshmen Nicolas Montoya and Kenneth Sabacinski.
A full recap on both of the tournaments this weekend will be available daily on UND.com.