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Men’s Tennis: Irish travel to face Huskies

Observer Staff Report | Friday, February 19, 2010

The Irish head to Washington this weekend to close out their five-match road series as they take on the Huskies.

No. 35 Notre Dame (3-4) first met the No. 25 Huskies on the court in 2000 with Washington (7-1) holding a 2-1 advantage. The Irish first defeated the Huskies 6-1 on March 5, 2007 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

The Huskies recently had a weekend sweep of Mississippi State and East Tennessee State on Feb. 5 and 7. They have also defeated Gonzaga, Arkansas, Portland, UC Irvine and Boise State. Their only loss went to Illinois, whom the Irish will face on March 2.

Notre Dame staged a comeback on Feb. 13 at Michigan, but the Irish fell short with a 4-3 loss to the Wolverines. They fell behind at the start, but rallied to a 3-3 tie. The Wolverines slid past the Irish in the third set of the final singles match.

No. 18-ranked sophomore Casey Watt started the Irish scoring bid with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win at No. 1 singles over No. 50 Jason Jung. Junior Daniel Stahl was victorious at No. 3 singles with a win over Mike Sroczynski 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 while fellow junior David Anderson earned the third Irish point at No. 6 singles with his 7-6, (7-5), 6-3 win over Chris Cha. None of the Notre Dame doubles pairs were victorious.

Washington will be the seventh nationally-ranked opponent the Irish face out of eight matches this spring.

Notre Dame will take on the Huskies in Seattle at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.