Notre Dame Men's Tennis | May 11, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- For the first time since 2007, the Notre Dame men’s tennis team will play in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The Irish fought their way to the championship in a tight match against Ole Miss this afternoon, ultimately coming out on top, 4-2.
“Well, we talk about it all year long,” head coach Ryan Sachire said. “Grit. Grit and toughness. You know, we set a goal for ourselves to get to Athens, to get to the Sweet 16 and beyond back in August in our first team meeting. After that we only talked about the process and what it’s going to take to achieve those goals, and grittiness and toughness is the one thing that we’ve always preached to our guys, and they really displayed that today. What a great match.”
The Irish got off to a good start with the doubles point. The 18th-ranked duo of senior Greg Andrews and sophomore Alex Lawson bested William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark, 8-2, at No. 1. Senior Billy Pecor and freshman Josh Hagar then fell at No. 2 to Nik Scholtz and Ricardo Jorge, 8-4. The doubles point was decided on court three, where sophomore Quentin Monaghan and senior Ryan Bandy defeated Johan Backstrom and Joe Rogers, 8-6.