April 20, 1997

Notre Dame Loses to Miami at Big East Championships

MIAMI, Fla. — The University of Miami men’s tennis team, ranked No. 27 in the nation, posted a 4-1 win over Notre Dame on Sunday in the championship match of the BIG EAST Conference championship. The Irish are 19-5 on the season and ranked No. 13 in the country.

Notre Dame started the match on a strong note by winning the doubles point, but the Irish stumbled in the singles portion by losing four matches.

Notre Dame returns to action on May 9-11 when it travels to the University of Illinois for the NCAA Midwest Regional. The Irish are expected to receive a bid to that event with the winner advancing to the NCAA Championship in Los Angeles.

Miami 4, Notre Dame 1

No1. Michael Russell (M) def. Ryan Sachire, 6-3, 6-4
No.2 Ivan Rodrigo (M) def. Jakub Pietrowski, 6-3, 6-2
No.3 Wayne Boich (M) def. Ryan Simme, 6-1, 6-4
No.4 Brian Patterson (N) vs. Arturo Zizold, susp.
No.5 Danny Rothschild (N) vs. Fernando Borja, susp.
No.6 Robert Suarez (M) def. Eric Enloe, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Doubles (most doubles wins is worth one match point)
No.1 Russell and Boich (M) def. Patterson and Pietrowski, 8-6
No.2 Sachire and Trent Miller (N) def. Rodrigo and Suarez, 8-6
No.3 Simme and Rothschild (N) def. Zizold and Jorge Carvalho, 9-8.