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Irish Welcome Spartans And Golden Eagles to Eck On Sunday

Feb. 23, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Coming off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory at No. 28 Michigan, the No. 29 Notre Dame men’s tennis team welcomes two foes, No. 56 Michigan State and Marquette, to Eck Tennis Center on Sunday.

The match with the Spartans gets underway at approximately 1:00 p.m. (ET) following the completion of the Notre Dame women’s tennis match at 9 a.m. against Georgia Tech. The match with the Golden Eagles will begin following the finish of the first match, but should be around 5 p.m. Both matches can be followed by live results, with links available on UND.com.

Notre Dame is coming off a 4-3 road triumph in Ann Arbor in which they trailed the Wolverines 1-0 after doubles but rallied to win four of the six singles matches in front of a hostile crowd. The win was the fourth over a ranked foe this season for the Irish and the eighth ranked team the squad had faced.

Sophomore Greg Andrews, who just entered the national rankings at No. 49 last week, continued his strong play with another straight-set win to improve his singles mark to 12-1 on the year.

The Spartans sit at 8-5 overall, but haven’t beaten a team from the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 or BIG EAST this season. Common opponents include Kentucky (L, 6-1), IUPUI (W, 7-0) and Toledo (W, 6-1).

Michigan State will mark the ninth ranked opponent the Irish have faced this season. So far Notre Dame is 4-4, with all four losses coming to higher ranked foes.

The conference rival Golden Eagles (5-4) beat common opponent IUPUI (6-1), but fell to Wisconsin, 5-2, in Madison. Marquette is 0-4 away from home this season.