May 6, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s tennis player Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./ Pine-Richland) has earned an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship, May 26-31, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Watt was one of 48 players to earn an at-large bid.
Watt, currently 53rd in the ITA/Campbell singles rankings, has amassed a 20-18 overall record in the 2009-10 season and a 9-16 mark when lining up at No. 1 singles in dual season play. Six of his nine wins came against ranked opponents. The sophomore was also named to the All-BIG EAST team for the second consecutive season.
Watt’s at-large selection for the 2010 draw gives Notre Dame 16 all-time competitors in the event who have combined for 25 total appearances. Last season, Brett Helgeson ’09 competed in the singles draw for the second consecutive season and made it to the round of 16. Current associate head coach Ryan Sachire (1998) and Irish great David DiLucia (1991) turned in runner-up showings for Notre Dame’s best finishes at the annual event.
Watt and the Irish will face Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Championship draw at 1:00 pm (ET) on May 14 in Champaign, Ill. Led by head coach Bobby Bayliss, the Irish have now been selected to play in 19 of the last 20 NCAA team championship draws. The winner of the Wisconsin-Notre Dame match will move on to play the winner of the Illinois and Xavier first round match for the right to advance to the final 16 in Athens, Ga.