January 26, 1999
MADISON, Wis. – The 23rd-ranked Notre Dame men’s tennis team swept the doubles and used straight set wins from the top half of its singles lineup to beat Wisconsin for the eighth straight time on Tuesday in a 5-2 win over the 63rd-ranked Badgers. The win improves the Irish to 3-0 on the season, while Wisconsin opens its season at 0-1, and marks the 499th career win for Notre Dame head coach Bob Bayliss. He will look for his 500th win when the Irish return home to take on seventh-ranked Texas at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on Sat., Jan. 30, at 1:00 p.m.
Third-ranked Irish junior Ryan Sachire won the battle of top-five nationally-ranked singles players with a 6-1, 6-4 win over fourth-ranked Badger senior Mark Loughrin at No. 1 singles. Brian Patterson downed Stefan Reist 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and Matt Daly beat David Chang 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles for Notre Dame. Irish freshman Andrew Laflin remained perfect at No 6 singles in 1999, rolling past Bobby Croll 6-1, 6-1.
Notre Dame opened the match by winning the doubles point with a sweep of the three matches. Patterson and Sachire downed Loughrin and Schumacher 8-5 at No. 1 singles, and Daly and Smith won 8-6 over Baker and Westerman at No. 3 singles. Irish juniors Matt Horsley and Trent Miller beat Chang and Reist 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.
Wisconsin used wins at Nos. 4 and 5 singles for its two points. Adam Schumacher won 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) over Andy Warford, and Danny Westerman edged Casey Smith 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
#23 NOTRE DAME 5, #63 WISCONSIN 2
No. 1 #3 Ryan Sachire (ND) def. #4 Mark Loughrin (UW) 6-1, 6-4
No. 2: Brian Patterson (ND) def. Stefan Reist (UW) 6-2, 6-4
No. 3: Matt Daly (ND) def. David Chang (UW) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4: Adam Schumacher (UW) def. Andy Warford (ND) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
No. 5: Danny Westerman (UW) def. Casey Smith (ND) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
No. 6: Andrew Laflin (ND) def. Bobby Croll (UW) 6-1, 6-1
No. 1: Patterson/Sachire (ND) def. Loughrin/Schumacher (UW) 8-5
No. 2: Matt Horsley/Trent Miller (ND) def. Chang/Reist (UW) 8-5
No. 3: Daly/Smith (ND) def. Baker/Westerman (UW) 8-6