Notre Dame Athletics | October 8, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team hosted the annual Bobby Bayliss Invitational this past weekend for their first home contest of the 2018-19 season. Eight teams competed in the tournament including Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Western Michigan. The Irish had eight members take the court at home for the first time this season.
"It was a great weekend of tennis and the level of competition was high," assistant coach Greg Andrews said of the tournament. "Overall, we had mixed results at the Bayliss. This event showed us some areas where we need to develop and we are excited to attack those in practice this week."
The first day of the Bobby Bayliss Invitational concluded with a strong showing from the doubles' teams. The Irish had four doubles teams competing in eight matches, claiming all but one victory. Daniel Rayl and Paul Gota paired up to defeat a duo from Iowa (6-2) before ending their night with a sweep over Nebraska (6-0). Matt Gamble and Grayson Broadus also recorded two wins in doubles play, topping a team of two from Nebraska, 6-4, before sneaking out the win over Western Michigan 7-5.
The Irish duo of Andrew Mariados and Conor Somers also swept their opponents of Western Michigan (6-4) and Louisville (6-3). Johnathan Small and Nate Griffin won their first match over Louisville, 6-1, before dropping the final match of the day to Illinois, 6-4.
Gamble, Broadus, Gota, Rayl, Small, Mariados and Somers all competed in the singles draw, with Gamble and Small finishing with a win. Gamble defeated Smrek of Marquette in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(4).
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