Senior Stephen Bass.

No. 11 Notre Dame Men's Tennis Hosts No. 13 Florida State on Friday

Feb. 1, 2007


The No. 11 Notre Dame men’s tennis team will look for its third consecutive victory when they host No. 13 Florida State on Friday inside the Eck Tennis Pavilion. First-serve between the Irish and the Seminoles is scheduled for 4 p.m.

After their season-opening loss at No. 5 Virginia, the Irish have posted back-to-back 7-0 drubbings of William & Mary and No. 58 Indiana. Notre Dame has dropped just two sets over its 12 singles matches in the victories. Senior and 14th-ranked Stephen Bass (Bronxville, NY) and senior Barry King (Dublin, Ireland) lead the Irish with 13 singles’ wins apiece. Bass is 13-7 overall and 2-1 in dual action, while King is 13-5 and 2-1. Junior and 30th-ranked Sheeva Parbhu (Omaha, NE) is 12-7 overall and 2-1. Senior Ryan Keckley (South Bend, IN) has been nearly flawless to this point of the year. He is 11-2 in singles, the only Irish player 3-0 in dual play, and has posted a 16-2 mark with Parbhu in doubles. The duo was ranked 11th in the most recent ITA poll.

FLORIDA STATE AT A GLANCE: The Seminoles have a 5-0 record and were ranked 13th in this week’s ITA listing … FSU has had little trouble to this point of the season … the Seminoles have blanked Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Furman … Florida State has also cruised past North Florida (6-1) and Georgia State (4-1) … Florida State returned five of nine letterwinners from last year’s squad that was 21-8 and ranked 13th in the nation … the Seminoles reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year in 2006 … the four-straight years in the NCAA Tournament is the longest run of consecutive tournament appearances for FSU since they had five in a row from 1994-1999 … the Seminoles advanced through the first round defeating Auburn, 4-2, but lost to Ole Miss, 4-2, in the 2nd round … Florida State returns eight letterwinners from last season, including Sam Chang, Jonathas Sucupira and Maciek Sykut … Chang led the Seminoles in victories with 18 (18-11), while Sykut and Sucupira added 13 and 10, respectively … Chang (#98) and Sucupira (#100) ended the 2006 spring season ranked in the top 100 … Sykut is rated #76 in the most recent ITA poll … Ytai Abougzir and Sykut are the only ranked Seminole doubles’ team … the duo has not played with one another this spring.

IRISH-SEMINOLES SERIES NOTES: Notre Dame and Florida State will meet for the fifth consecutive season and sixth time overall, with the Irish holding a 4-1 edge in the series, including wins in the last three matchups … this will be the third trip to South Bend for the Seminoles … Florida State prevailed 6-3 in the first meeting between the schools, in 1964, though Notre Dame considers that to have been an exhibition match (FSU does not) … the Irish won in their last meeting with Florida State in South Bend, by a 4-3 score in 2005 … the first official contest between the schools came in 1992, when the 10th-ranked Irish won 5-1 in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the opening round of the H.E.B. Championship … the current incarnation of the series began in 2003, with Florida State prevailing 4-3 at Notre Dame … a year ago, Notre Dame won a 5-2 decision in Tallahassee on Mar. 14 … match point came down to the No. 6 singles spot, where Eric Langenkamp won a third-set tiebreaker against Chris Cloer in the final match remaining … the Irish got straight-set victories at No. 2 and 4, while Florida State won in three sets at No. 1 and two sets at No. 3 … this will be the fifth straight year that both teams have been nationally-ranked … Irish head coach Bob Bayliss holds a 4-1 career record against the Seminoles (3-1 during his tenure at Notre Dame).

Notre Dame will also host No. 8 Duke and Toledo on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for inside the Eck Tennis Pavilion. First-serve against the Blue Devils is slated for noon, while the match up with the Rockets will get underway at 6 p.m.

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