June 1, 2000

PRINCETON, N.J. — Notre Dame men’s tennis senior All-American Ryan Sachire has been selected as one of six players 2000 USA Tennis Collegiate Team, an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. Sachire will be making his third consecutive appearance on the team, which is administered by the United States Tennis Association and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and the based on United States citizenship, final ITA rankings, performance in ITA Collegiate Grand Slam events, dual-match records and sportsmanship.

Sachire, a native of Canfield, Ohio, won both national ITA senior awards last week. He became the first Notre Dame player to win both the Ted A. Farnsworth/ITA National Senior Player of the Year and John Van Nostrand Memorial Awards. Sachire finished the season ranked 11th in the ITA rankings and with a 30-11 mark to become the first Irish player in modern history to win at least 30 singles matches every year. Sachire earned All-America honors for the third consecutive season, joining former Irish player David DiLucia (1989-92) as the only players in the 77-year history of Notre Dame men’s tennis to earn three singles All-America honors.

Other members of the team include Stanford junior and NCAA singles champion Alex Kim, Stanford senior Geoff Abrams, Stanford sophomore K.J. Hippensteel, Florida junior Jeff Morrison and Virginia junior Brian Vahaly.