June 8, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame sophomore men’s tennis player Ryan Sachire has been named one six players to the 1998 United States Tennis Association (USTA) All-American Summer Team, an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. The program is administered by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) with the six members chosen based on United States citizenship, dual-match records, doubles records, final Rolex rankings, performance in ITA Collegiate Grand Slam events and sportsmanship.

Sachire, a native of Canfield, Ohio, finished the season ranked No. 20 in the Rolex collegiate rankings and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships as a 9-16 seed. He played No. 1 singles for the Irish, finishing with an 18-7 dual-match record. Sachire earned All-America honors in singles and is the first Notre Dame All-American since 1994. He has compiled a 71-23 record for the Irish over the last two seasons.

Stanford’s Bob Bryan, who won the NCAA men’s singles and doubles titles, Stanford’s Mike Bryan, who won the NCAA doubles title with brother Bob, Stanford’s Paul Goldstein, Georgia’s John Roddick and Harvard’s James Blake join Sachire on the team. The USTA All-American Summer Team will travel to Dallas, Texas, for a training session June 13-18. In addition to competing in USTA professional circuit events, members of the team also will participate in the ITA National Summer Championships presented by the USTA at the University of Illinois, Aug. 13-16.