March 18, 2010
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 38th-ranked Notre Dame men’s tennis team was victorious on Thursday in the opening round of the 2010 Blue Gray Tennis Classic, knocking off Middle Tennessee State 4-2. The Irish’s record now improves to 8-7 after the victory.
Notre Dame jumped out to the 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point to begin the contest, despite the 61st-ranked tandem of Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hill Christian School) and Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa/Pine-Richland) getting knocked off by Middle Tennessee State’s team of John Peers and Kyle Wishing 8-4 to start the doubles point.
The Irish evened play up at one-apiece when David Anderson (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) and Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) defeated Richard Cowden and Shaun Waters 8-3. Notre Dame secured the point when the duo of Niall Fitzgerald (Wicklow, Ireland/Blackrock College) and Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan) held on for an 8-6 victory of Victor Melo and Matthew Langley of the Blue Raiders.
Blas Moros (Boca Raton, Fla./Pine Crest School) was the first to close out a singles point for the Irish, as the freshman knocked off Langley in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 at sixth singles to move the margin to 2-0. The victory for Moros was his third consecutive and moved his record at six singles to 3-1 on the dual season.
The Blue Raiders secured their first point of the match at two singles when Melo took down Havens 6-1, 6-2 and then tied the contest up when Peers defeated the No. 27 ranked Watt at one singles 7-5, 6-4.
The Irish recaptured the lead after Anderson was able to hold off Waters at four singles 6-3, 6-4. Anderson’s record at the fourth spot improved to 5-1 and he stands at 9-4 overall on the dual slate.
Notre Dame locked up the victory with the fourth point coming from Stahl at third singles. After winning the first set 6-1, Middle Tennessee State’s Cowden rebounded to grab the second set by the same score of 6-1. Stahl would bounce right back, however, winning the decisive third set 6-0.
Samuel Keeton (Kansas City, Mo./The Pembroke Hill School) did not finish his match as a result of the Irish clinching but was headed to a third set with Alex McCann after splitting the first two sets 4-6, 6-3.
Notre Dame will return to action tomorrow at 2:00 (CT) when it takes on No. 26 Fresno State in second round action. The Bulldogs advanced on after a 4-0 victory over No. 71 Boise State and will enter the contest with an 11-5 record overall and a four-match winning streak.
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Middle Tennessee State vs Notre DameMar 18, 2010 at Montgomery, Ala.
#38 Notre Dame 4, Middle Tennessee State 2
Singles1. #43 John Peers (MTSU) def. #27 Casey Watt (ND) 7-5, 6-42. Victor Melo (MTSU) def. Stephen Havens (ND) 6-1, 6-23. #86 Daniel Stahl (ND) def. Richard Cowden (MTSU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-04. David Anderson (ND) def. Shaun Waters (MTSU) 6-3, 6-45. Samuel Keeton (ND) vs. Alex McCann (MTSU) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished6. Blas Moros (ND) def. Matthew Langley (MTSU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles1. John Peers/Kyle Wishing (MTSU) def. David Anderson/Daniel Stahl (ND) 8-42. #61 Stephen Havens/Casey Watt (ND) def. Victor Melo/Matthew Langley (MTSU) 8-63. Tyler Davis/Niall Fitzgerald (ND) def. Richard Cowden/Shaun Waters (MTSU) 8-3
Match NotesMiddle Tennessee State 4-12Notre Dame 8-7; National ranking #38Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,4,1,3)2010 Blue Gray National Classic (1st round)