March 14, 2007
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The No. 7 Notre Dame men’s tennis team is the top seed in the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic, it was revealed last night. The Irish – winners of five in a row – are the highest-ranked squad in the 16-team draw. Notre Dame will open play on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (EST) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-3) at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center.
The Irish were the No. 2 seed in the event each of the past two seasons, but were upset by Boise State in the quarterfinals in 2005 and lost to VCU in last year’s final.
A win would send the Irish into the quarterfinals for the 16th time in 17 tournament appearances. Notre Dame would play at 11:00 a.m. (EST) on Friday against either #40 Auburn or #71 Fresno State.
Notre Dame is making its 16th consecutive appearance in the Blue-Gray Classic, having compiled a 34-20 (.630) overall mark, reaching the title match on six occasions. The Irish won the tournament in 1993 and 2001 and are looking for their third championship this year, a feat accomplished by just one other school (USC – 1987, 1988, 1991). Notre Dame finished as the tournament runner-up in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2005.
For more information and complete results of all matches in the tournament, see bluegraytennis.com.