Sept. 27, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind.-- The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team looks to continue its early season success at the upcoming 2013 ITA All-American Championships. Seniors Greg Andrews (Richland, Mich.) and Ryan Bandy (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomores Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, N.J.) and Eric Schnurrenberger (Zug, Switzerland) have been selected to compete in the elite tournament, which will take place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6 on the University of Tulsa campus at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
There are three tiers to the tournament--pre-qualifying, qualifying and main draw. Bandy and Schnurrenberger will begin play in the pre-qualifying round tomorrow, Sept. 28. They will need to win four matches to advance to the qualifying round, which begins Monday, Sept. 30. Monaghan's national ranking (98th) automatically puts him in the qualifying draw, and he will need to win six single-elimination matches to make it to the main draw which begins Oct. 3.
Andrews' national ranking (31st) already puts him in the main draw, and he is no stranger to the ITA All-American Championships. As a junior, he was the only Notre Dame player to head to the tournament. Last year, Andrews handily beat UCLA's Clay Thompson to make it through the first round before falling in a close match to the USC's Raymond Sarmiento, who was ranked ninth nationally at the time.
This year, Andrews and his teammates are looking to gain even greater success on the courts in Tulsa. Head coach Ryan Sachire says the tournament is a chance for the Irish to face tough competition and advance their play early in the season.
--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant