October 30, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. Notre Dame sophomore mens tennis player Matt Daly won a tight 6-3, 7-5 match at No. 5 singles over Baylor’s Johannes Michalsky to clinch a 4-3 victory for the Irish over the Bears on Friday night at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Notre Dame won the doubles point and the first two singles matches to lead 3-0 before Baylor won three straight to tie the match.

Daly trailed 4-5 in the second set as Michalsky served to send the match into a third set. Daly then broke serve to tie the set at 5-5, saved two break points to hold serve for 6-5 and then won the match with another service break.

Irish junior All-America Ryan Sachire beat Johann Jooste 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, and freshman Andrew Laflin won 6-0, 6-4 over Mark Williams at No. 6 singles for the other Irish singles wins, which had put Notre Dame ahead 3-0.

Baylors comback began with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles by Jorge Aldrete over Andy Warford. Csongor Bibza then beat Casey Smith 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 at No. 4, and Pawel Gaidzik downed Brian Patterson at No. 2 singles to complete comeback for the Bears.

In the doubles competition, Sachire and Patterson beat Gajdzik and Michalsky 8-3 at No. 1, and Daly and Smith edged Bibza and Jooste 8-5 at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point for Notre Dame. David Hodge and Williams beat Aaron Talarico and Warford 8-4 at No. 3 doubles for Baylor.


No. 1: Ryan Sachire (ND) def. Johann Jooste (BU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2: Pawel Gajdzik (BU) def. Brian Patterson (ND) 7-6, 6-1
No. 3: Jorge Aldrete (BU) def. Andy Warford (ND) 7-5, 6-2
No. 4: Csongor Bibza (BU) def. Casey Smith (ND) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
No. 5: Matt Daly (ND) def. Johannes Michalsky (BU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 6: Andrew Laflin (ND) def. Mark Williams (BU) 6-0, 6-4

No. 1: Patterson and Sachire (ND) def. Gajdzik and Michalsky (BU) 8-3
No. 2: Daly and Smith (ND) def. Bibza and Jooste (BU) 8-5
No. 3: Hodge and Williams (BU) def. Talarico and Warford (ND) 8-4