May 27, 1998

ATHENS, Ga. – University of Notre Dame sophomore Ryan Sachire was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Jong-Min Lee of California-Santa Barbara Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the singles tournament at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. Sachire plays Doug Root of Duke in the second round of the 64-player tournament on Thursday as Root was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Martin Sjoqvist of Mississippi in the first round.

Sachire is a seeded player in the event which guarantees him of All-American status for 1998 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Notre Dame doubles team of Brian Patterson and Jakub Pietrowski opens play in the 32-duo doubles tournament against Frank Morgan and Alex Waske of San Diego State on Thursday.