March 13, 2003

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The weather has become the victor early on at the Blue/Gray National Tennis Classic, as rain has halted Thursday’s afternoon matches at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. Among those contests still on court was Notre Dame’s match with No. 57 Tulsa, which began at 1:30 p.m. (EST). The 46th-ranked Irish claimed the doubles point from the Golden Hurricane, and the six singles matches had just started when severe thunderstorms hit the Montgomery, Ala., area. This weekend’s tournament marks the first time this year Notre Dame has played outdoors.

Should the rains subside, play will resume later this afternoon at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. However, in the event Thursday’s matches are suspended, they will be picked up Friday morning at the point of interruption. The winner of the Notre Dame-Tulsa match will face the winner of the match between No. 13 North Carolina and UAB on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinal round. Like Notre Dame’s match, the UNC-UAB contest also remains in a weather delay.

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