Feb. 3, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 30 Notre Dame men’s tennis team picked up the doubles point on Friday night and didn’t look back as it rolled past No. 39 Wake Forest, 6-1, at the Indoor Tennis Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
For the first time in three matches, the Irish opened a match with a 1-0 lead. Looking to switch things up in doubles, head coach Bobby Bayliss switched up the teams at one and two doubles. Seniors Casey Watt and Niall Fitzgerald paired together at No. 1 doubles, where they edged David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar, 8-6. Watt’s normal partner Greg Andrews teamed with junior Spencer Talmadge to blow past Adam Lee and Alex Tsai, 8-3. The usual No. 3 doubles tandem of Sam Keeton and Billy Pecor breezed past Danny Kreyman and Conner Sherwood, 8-4, to give Notre Dame the 3-0 doubles sweep.
The Irish are now 4-0 when they win the doubles point, while they are only 1-2 when they lose it.
In singles action, the Irish demolished the Demon Deacons at five and six to take a 3-0 lead. At No. 5 singles, junior Blas Moros blew past Sherwood, 6-1, 6-2, while Fitzgerald cruised past Tsai, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 6 slot.
Watt closed out the match for the Irish at No. 1 singles, as he got back to his winning ways with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Hopkins.
Also earning victories for the Irish were Andrews at No. 2 singles and Pecor at No. 4 singles. Andrews moved to 7-0 on the year with a three-set victory over #115 Kreyman, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Kreyman proved to be the second ranked opponent to fall to Andrews this season.
Pecor also picked up a three-set win. After taking the first set, 6-4, Adam Lee claimed the second set, 6-3. With the match decided, Pecor took the super set, 10-6, to earn the victory.
The Demon Deacons’ lone win came at No. 3 singles as Amogh Prabhakar topped No. 74 Sam Keeton, 6-4, 6-4.
Notre Dame (5-2) meets No. 10 Duke on Sunday at noon. The match can be followed by live stats or paying for live video on GoDuke.com.
No. 1 Singles
Casey Watt (ND) d. David Hopkins (WF), 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 Singles
Greg Andrews (ND) d. #115 Danny Kreyman (WF), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
No. 3 Singles
Amogh Prabhakar (WF) d. #74 Sam Keeton (ND), 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Singles
Billy Pecor (ND) d. Adam Lee (WF), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
No. 5 Singles
Blas Moros (ND) d. Conner Sherwood (WF), 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Singles
Niall Fitzgerald (ND) d. Alex Tsai (WF), 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 3, 2, 4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1