Casey Watt was part of last season's fifth-ranked class.

Men's Tennis Recruiting Class Ranked Sixth

Feb. 9, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s tennis class of 2013 has been ranked the sixth-best in the country according to It marks Notre Dame’s second consecutive top-ten signing class according to the website, which is considered one the nation’s most comprehensive sources for information about tennis recruiting.

Blas Moros of Florida and Michael Moore of Illinois, who each signed letters of intent in the fall of 2008 to attend the University of Notre Dame and continue their tennis careers, headline the class of 2013.

“We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael and Blas join us next year,” said 22nd-year head coach Bobby Bayliss. “Throughout their high school careers, both of these young men have excelled in the classroom and on the tennis courts; we are thrilled to bring student-athletes of their talent level into our program,” added Bayliss. has ranked Notre Dame’s previous two classes very high as well. This year’s sophomores, who comprise the class of 2011, were ranked 11th when they entered Notre Dame. In the 2009 dual season, the sophomores have combined to post an 8-9 singles record, while making 22 doubles starts. This season’s freshmen, who represent the class of 2012, ranked as the fifth-best class when they committed to Notre Dame and have backed up the ranking since arriving. Through Notre Dame’s eight 2009 dual matches, the group has posted a 14-6 singles record and combined for 15 doubles starts.

“We are extremely happy that our incoming class has received the recognition we feel they deserve,” said associate head coach Ryan Sachire. “In bringing in another top-level class, it speaks volumes to what we are trying to accomplish here at Notre Dame. The young men who have entered our program over the past few seasons have really shown promise as student-athletes and hopefully the trend will continue.”

Moros, a resident of Boca Raton, Florida, is currently ranked 20th in the nation by He attends Pine Crest High School and has an overall juniors record of 19-7 early into the 2009 season, including a 7-4 mark versus five-star recruits. He also has a 3-2 mark against fellow blue-chip recruits, and is ranked third in the state of Florida. In the summer of 2008, Moros finished third at the Florida State Junior Closed Championships in Daytona Beach.

Moore is a senior at Glenbrook High School and a resident of Glenview, Illinois. He is currently ranked 53rd nationally by, as well as second in Illinois and fifth in the Great Lakes region. He finished 2008 with an overall juniors record of 69-19, including a 14-9 mark against fellow five-star recruits. Moore won the 2008 Boys 18 singles title at the Midwest Open Championships in July of 2008, defeating Gregory Andrews in the finals, 6-1, 6-3.

This year’s team, currently ranked 25th, returns to the courts on Saturday, February 14 when it faces Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan. The match is slated to begin at noon.

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