Feb. 9, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Coming off a convincing 5-2 win at Northwestern on Tuesday night to end a six-match road swing, the No. 30 Notre Dame men’s tennis team returns home to play host to a trio of teams this weekend.
The Irish get the weekend started as they welcome Wisconsin into Eck Tennis Center on Friday at 4 p.m. Notre Dame is teaming up with the American Heart Association and titling Friday night’s match a Heart Match, as fans will have an opportunity to win a tennis racquet, jersey, team posters or a pair of Notre Dame hockey tickets in an auction that will be held at Eck and on UND.com. Fans can also by Red Dress pins for $1. All proceeds from the match will go to Go Red for Women.
The Badgers (1-1) haven’t played since Jan. 28, when they beat Butler, 6-1, and Western Illinois, 7-0.
On Sunday the Irish battle No. 6 Kentucky at 12 p.m. The Wildcats (8-0) are off to their best start in 30 years, and have beaten ranked foes Michigan State (6-1), Indiana (7-0), Tulsa (4-1) and Pepperdine (4-2). They have six ranked singles players including Eric Quigley (5), Alex Musialek (13), Anthony Rossi (36), Panav Jha (85), Tom Jomby (95) and Alejandro Gomez (111). The doubles duo of Musialek and Quigley is ranked 52nd.
IUPUI (1-4) has already lost to Kentucky (7-0) and Michigan State (7-0), with its lone victory coming against SIU-Edwardsville, 5-2.
Notre Dame (6-3) had played six consecutive road contests against ranked teams, emerging from the trip with a .500 mark (3-3). In the last week the Irish went 2-1, dropping No. 39 Wake Forest, 6-1, and No. 62 Northwestern, 5-2, and losing to No. 10 Duke, 6-1.
In singles action, sophomore Greg Andrews is 8-1 at No. 2 singles, while junior Blas Moros is 6-3, having picked up victories at four, five and six. Seniors Sam Keeton (5-3) and Casey Watt (5-4) have each won key matches at third and first singles, respectively.
Fans not in attendance can follow all three matches by way of live stats. Links can be found on UND.com.