March 18, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s tennis player Samuel Keeton (Kansas City, Mo./The Pembroke Hill School) has been named BIG EAST men’s tennis Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference on Wednesday afternoon. The sophomore has posted a 9-0 record to date on the duel season, including going 2-0 this past week.
Keeton secured the accolade by posting a pair of three-set victories over USF and then 19th-ranked Florida State. The victory against USF came at four singles, his first appearance on the season at that spot, against Romain Deridder 6-7 (1-7), 6-1, 6-2. He then followed that performance by capturing the match-clinching point against the Seminoles and Andres Bucaro at five singles 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. After losing the first three points of the match, Keeton’s victory over Bucaro completed the Irish’s comeback over Florida State.
Keeton and the Irish return to action on Thursday, March 18 in opening round action at the 2010 Blue Gray National Classic in Montgomery, Ala. The team will open up at 4:30 p.m. (CT) against Middle Tennessee State.