April 17, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Just days after helping the No. 28 Notre Dame men’s tennis team clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship, Irish sophomore Greg Andrews has been tabbed the league’s Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday.
Andrews defeated the reigning BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Player of the Week Andrew Carter in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 2 singles and teamed with Spencer Talmadge to knock off Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Robert Hall, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles.
The Richland, Mich., product is the highest ranked singles player in the BIG EAST at 62 and is 22-3 this spring in singles. Talmadge and Andrews are 14-5 in doubles. It’s his third BIG EAST scroll of the season.
The Irish (18-7, 3-1 BIG EAST) knocked off conference rival Louisville on Saturday, 5-2, at Courtney Tennis Courts to lock up the top seed in this weekend’s BIG EAST Tournament. The wins over then-No. 25 Texas A&M and then-No. 38 Louisville last week helped vault Notre Dame from 39 to 28 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association standings. It is the highest the Irish have been since they were No. 28 on March 6 and are the highest ranked team in the league by 12 spots.
Notre Dame enters the tournament riding a six-match winning streak, including two straight wins over ranked foes. They open BIG EAST play this Friday at 9 a.m. in Tampa, Fla., when it meets the winner of the Villanova-Connecticut matchup.