May 18, 2006
All remaining NCAA tournament matches played by both Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will feature not only real-time scoring updates, but also free live video of each court available via the official website of Stanford athletics, www.gostanford.com, and linked on the Irish athletics site, www.und.com. Stanford, the host of this year’s men’s and women’s NCAA Championships, will provide real-time scoring of all matches in the final four rounds of the team event in addition to every contest in the singles and doubles tournaments. It also will have live video available of all action at its Taube Stadium courts – one of two facilities being used for the championships.
Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s teams are scheduled to play all of their remaining matches on those courts, plus there is the possibility that some or all of the matches involving Irish players in the individual championships will be on those courts. To access these features, go to www.gostanford.com and click on the upper-right button that says “2006 NCAA Tennis Championships.” That tournament central then has links to “Live Scoreboard and Video,” which takes you to a page showing real-time scoring updates of every court at both the Taube Stadium and the Taube South complexes. At the top of that page, there are links to video for all six Taube Stadium courts (court 1 is No. 1 singles/doubles, court 2 is No. 2, etc.).
The Irish women, ranked and seeded #2 with a 26-1 record, will play #20 Kentucky in the round of 16 on Thursday at Noon (PT). Should Notre Dame continue to win, it would play in the quarterfinals on Friday at 3 p.m., in the semis on Sunday at 9 a.m., and in the championship on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The singles tournament – which will feature junior Catrina Thompson (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.) – commences on Tuesday, with the doubles event – that has Catrina and twin sister Christian Thompson (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman H.S.) as its No. 3 seed – starting on Wednesday. Those events wrap up on Sunday, May 28.
The ND men, ranked 18th with a 19-8 mark, will take on undefeated national #1 Georgia in the round of 16 on Saturday at 6 p.m. (PT). Should the Irish advance, they would play on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the quarters, on Monday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals, and on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the championship. The NCAA Men’s Singles Championship – which has junior Stephen Bass (Bronxville, N.Y./Iona Preparatory School) and sophomore Sheeva Parbhu (Omaha, Neb./Millard North H.S.) in its field – begins on Wednesday, while senior Eric Langenkamp (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale H.S.) and junior Ryan Keckley (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph’s H.S.) will start their run in the NCAA doubles tournament the following day. Both of those events conclude on Monday, May 29.