February 9, 1999

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 24th-ranked Notre Dame men’s tennis team lost its second 4-3 match in as many matches as 26th-ranked Kentucky won four of six singles matches to edged the Irish on Tuesday at the Boone Center. Notre Dame won the doubles point and won the first singles matched but the Wildcats won at Nos. 3-6 to beat the Irish for the four straight time. Kentucky improved to 3-0 on the season while Notre Dame falls to 3-2, after also losing 4-3 to seventh-ranked Texas in its last match on Jan. 30.

Junior All-American Ryan Sachire and senior captain Brian Patterson won the only singles matches for Notre Dame. The third-ranked Sachire lost the first set of a match for just the sixth time in 25 matches this season but before rallying for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over 27th-ranked Carlos Drada at No. 1 singles. With the win, Sachire improved to 7-0 in dual matches this year and 21-4 overall. Patterson cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Patrik Johansson at No. 2 singles.

Johan Hesoun, Tomas Smid, Johan Grunditz and Gustav Pousette swept the remaining singles lineup to clinch the win for Kentucky. With the match tied at 3-3, Pousette beat Irish freshman Aaron Talarico 7-5, 6-0 at No. 6 singles in the deciding match.

The Irish had taken a 1-0 lead in the match by winning the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. Patterson and Sachire beat Hesoun and Pousette 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. Juniors Matt Horsley and Trent Miller edged Johansson and Smid 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.

Irish head coach Bob Bayliss continues his search for his 500th-career win as Notre Dame returns to the court when 10th-ranked Duke travels to the Eck Tennis Pavilion on Sat., Feb. 13, for a 9:00 a.m. match.

#26 KENTUCKY 4, #24 NOTRE DAME 3

Singles
No. 1: #3 Ryan Sachire (ND) def. #27 Carlos Drada (UK) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
No. 2: Brian Patterson (ND) def. Patrik Johansson (UK) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3: Johan Hesoun (UK) def. Matt Daly (ND) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5
No. 4: Tomas Smid (UK) def. Andy Warford (ND) 6-4, 6-4
No. 5: Johan Grunditz (UK) def. Casey Smith (ND) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6: Gustav Pousette (UK) def. Aaron Talarico (ND) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles
No. 1: Patterson/Sachire (ND) def. Hesoun/Pousette (UK) 8-2
No. 2: Matt Horsley/Trent Miller (ND) def. Johansson/Smid (UK) 8-5
No. 3: Drada/Grunditz (UK) def. Daly/Smith (ND) 8-6