April 16, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Fighting Irish men’s tennis team will close out the regular season with a road match versus Navy at noon on Saturday, April 17. Notre Dame carries a 12-11 record into the match and is currently 36th in the ITA/Campbell rankings. The Midshipmen are not ranked and have posted a 13-12 record on the year.
Saturday’s match, which also marks Navy’s last regular season match of the season, will be played either inside of the Tose Family Tennis Center or outdoors on the courts adjacent to the facility, depending on weather conditions in Annapolis, Md.
Navy and Notre Dame have split their four previous meetings, but the two squads have not met since the spring of 1989 when Navy posted a 4-3 victory. The Irish will be making just their second all-time visit to Annapolis. The last time Notre Dame travelled to Maryland’s capital city for a match against the Mids was in 1978 when Navy’s head coach was current Irish head coach Bobby Bayliss. He served as the Navy head coach for 15 years (1970-84), during which time he compiled an overall record of 248-50 and a 15-0 mark against Army. He also was the head coach of the Navy squash team for four years (1978-81) and posted records of 42-16 overall and 4-0 mark against Army during his stint with the squash program.
Following the end of the 1983-84 season, Bayliss left Navy and eventually became the head coach at MIT for three years before accepting his current position as the head coach at Notre Dame during the summer of 1987. Now in his 24th season with the Irish, he has compiled an overall record of 704-308-1 in 42 years as a head coach and is one of just four active men’s coaches to amass at least 700 career wins.
“Coach Bayliss created a Navy Tennis Family while he was here,” said Navy head coach John Officer, who succeeded Bayliss. “Among other accomplishments during his time here, he has recorded the most wins without a loss against Army of any coach in any sport in the history of the Army-Navy series. There are nearly 90 people who will be here this weekend to help honor him.”
Following the Navy match, the Irish will return home to begin postseason play as they play host to the 2010 BIG EAST championships, which begin play on Thursday, April 22.
Check back with und.com for a complete recap of Saturday’s match.
Notre Dame is now 9-1 on the season when capturing the doubles point … with a win at sixth singles against Ball State, Moros continued his streak of hot play recently, moving his record over his last ten contests to 9-1 … the Irish have faced a ranked opponent in 16 of their 23 matches thus far (the Campbell/ITA rankings slot the top-75 teams) … Notre Dame’s win over MTSU (4-2) in the opening round of the 2010 Blue Gray tournament marked the 700th career win for head coach Bobby Bayliss (now 704-308-1/41 seasons).