Sept. 24, 2011
TOM FALLON INVITATIONAL
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s tennis team displayed strong singles play for the second consecutive day at the Tom Fallon Invitational, winning 12 of 16 matches on Saturday.
In the morning session, Bandy, McCoy and Moore all picked up straight-set wins, while Talmadge and Fredericka won tight three-set matches. Talmadge had the closest match of the morning, winning the first set, 6-3, before dropping the second set, 6-7. He claimed the tiebreaker, 10-7, to earn the victory. Fredericka battled back after dropping the first set, 3-6, to win the second, 7-5, and the tiebreaker, 10-0.
The afternoon only saw one defeat in singles for the Irish. Bandy, Moore and Fredericka all defeated opponents in three sets. Fredericka received all he wanted out of Marquette’s Jonathan Schwerin, claiming the first set, 6-4, before dropping the second set, 6-1. The final tiebreaker extended past the normal 10 points, with the freshman pulling out the victory, 11-9. Picking up straight-set victories were McCoy and Talmadge. Talmadge’s match again proved to be one of the closest of the day as the Hillsborough, Calif., native won 6-4, 7-5. Sophomore Billy Pecor picked up the final singles victory as Cleveland State’s Matt Kuelker was forced to retire early in the first set with Pecor up 3-0.
Doubles play was not as kind to Notre Dame, however, as the Irish dropped three of the four matches. Claiming the lone win was the tandem of McCoy and Moore, who dropped Cleveland State’s Jorg Van der Vloet and Matt Ford, 8-3.
The weather forced most of day two’s action to move inside into the Eck Tennis Center, and with showers expected again on Sunday, the matches will again probably take place indoors. The final day of the Tom Fallon Invitational gets underway at 9 a.m.
Singles – Saturday Morning
Ryan Bandy (ND) def. Otavio Perim (MU) 6-2,6-4
Alex Pelaez (ISU) def. Blas Moros (ND) 7-5,6-4
Wyatt McCoy (ND) def. Pablo Olivarez (WMU) 6-2,6-3
Michael Moore (ND) def. Muddappa Appanervanda (ISU) 6-2,6-1
Spencer Talmadge (ND) def. Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) 6-3,6-7,10-7
Nolan Marks (CSU) def. Daven Brodess (ND) 6-1,7-5
Michael Fredericka (ND) def. James Stark (MU) 3-6,7-5,10-0
Jonathan Schwerin (MU) def. Douglas Barnard (ND) 6-4,3-6,10-7
Singles – Saturday Afternoon
Billy Pecor (ND) def. Matt Kuelker (CSU) 3-0 retire
Ryan Bandy (ND) def. Yannick Goosens (CSU) 6-0,3-6,10-2
Wyatt McCoy (ND) def. Alex Pelaez (ISU) 6-4,6-0
Michael Moore (ND) def. Nadin Indre (WMU) 3-6,6-3,10-5
Tuomas Manner (ISU) def. Blas Moros (ND) 3-6,6-1,10-7
Spencer Talmadge (ND) def. Pablo Olivarez (WMU) 6-4,7-5
Michael Fredericka (ND) def. Jonathan Schwerin (MU) 6-4,1-6,11-9
Douglas Barnard (ND) def. Matt Ford (CSU) 6-1,6-4
Goosens/Shabib (CSU) def. Bandy/Moros (ND) 8-5
Perim/Stark (MU) def. Barnard/Brodess (ND) 8-2
Pelaez/Manner (ISU) def. Pecor/Talmadge (ND) 8-3
McCoy/Moore (ND) def. Van der Kloet/Ford (CSU) 8-3
LAND ROVER NAPA VALLEY TENNIS CLASSIC
ST. HELENA, Calif. – Notre Dame sophomore Greg Andrews took out No. 29 Japie De Klerk of Tulsa in three sets to highlight day two of the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic in St. Helena, Calif.
The 2011 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year won the first set, 6-4, before pushing De Klerk to the limit in set two, 7-6 (3). Andrews handled the decisive third set, 6-1, to take out the 29th-ranked player in the preseason ITA Tennis rankings.
Elsewhere on day two, senior Sam Keeton continued his strong early-season play, defeating Jarryd Chaplin of Tennessee in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-4. Seniors Casey Watt and Niall Fitzgerald suffered the two singles losses for the Irish on day two, with Watt’s going three sets.
In doubles action, Keeton and Watt dropped UCLA’s Dennis Mkrtchian and Adrien Puget, 8-6.
After two days, Notre Dame sits at 4-4, which is tied with Tulsa for fourth place at the seven-team tournament. The USTA Junior Players have claimed the most wins with 10.
The final day of the tournament begins at 8 a.m. (PT).
Saturday’s Singles Rsults
Ahmed Ismail (Cal) def. No. 28 Casey Watt (Notre Dame), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Greg Andrews (Notre Dame) def. No. 29 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1
No. 40 Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Niall Fitzgerald (Notre Dame), 6-1, 6-4
Sam Keeton (Notre Dame) def. Jarryd Chaplin (Tennessee), 6-4, 6-4
Saturday’s Doubles Results
Keeton/Watt (Notre Dame) def. Mkrtchian/Puget (UCLA), 8-6
TWO-DAY TEAM TALLY
USTA Juniors: 10-6
Notre Dame: 4-4