Sept. 27, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind.— The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team looks to continue its early season success at the upcoming 2013 ITA All-American Championships. Seniors Greg Andrews (Richland, Mich.) and Ryan Bandy (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomores Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, N.J.) and Eric Schnurrenberger (Zug, Switzerland) have been selected to compete in the elite tournament, which will take place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6 on the University of Tulsa campus at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
There are three tiers to the tournament–pre-qualifying, qualifying and main draw. Bandy and Schnurrenberger will begin play in the pre-qualifying round tomorrow, Sept. 28. They will need to win four matches to advance to the qualifying round, which begins Monday, Sept. 30. Monaghan’s national ranking (98th) automatically puts him in the qualifying draw, and he will need to win six single-elimination matches to make it to the main draw which begins Oct. 3.
Andrews’ national ranking (31st) already puts him in the main draw, and he is no stranger to the ITA All-American Championships. As a junior, he was the only Notre Dame player to head to the tournament. Last year, Andrews handily beat UCLA’s Clay Thompson to make it through the first round before falling in a close match to the USC’s Raymond Sarmiento, who was ranked ninth nationally at the time.
This year, Andrews and his teammates are looking to gain even greater success on the courts in Tulsa. Head coach Ryan Sachire says the tournament is a chance for the Irish to face tough competition and advance their play early in the season.
“The ITA All-American Championships gives our guys an opportunity to compete in a premier event,” Sachire says. “We are looking for them to build on the momentum they achieved during the first week of the season. This season is a process, and we are expecting them to continue their development as they compete against some elite talent from around the country.”
Notre Dame has quite a bit of history with this tournament. Five-time All-American David DiLucia won the silver in 1991. When he played for Notre Dame in 1998, Coach Sachire himself made it to the finals, in which he lost to James Blake who would go on to be the fourth-best tennis player in the world in 2006. Blake recently retired from the game following the 2013 US Open.
Irish supporters can follow the players’ progress during the tournament through the ITA’s Tournament Central Page and at UND.com.
–Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant