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Men’s Tennis: Irish dominate Invitational

By Peter Steiner | Monday, November 12, 2012

The Irish finished their fall season on a high note, winning 20 of 26 singles matches and 10 of 15 doubles matches at the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va.

Over the three-day event, Notre Dame faced off against Harvard, Old Dominion and William and Mary, the host of the invitational.

“The weekend overall was great,” junior Ryan Bandy said. “We performed really well as a team and finished off the fall on a strong note.”

The Irish began play against Old Dominion on Friday, winning six of the nine singles matches. Notre Dame found even more success Saturday and Sunday against Harvard and William and Mary, respectively. The Irish took home 15 singles matches between the two days, including a sweep of Harvard in the top-six singles flights.

Junior Greg Andrews, senior Blas Moros and freshman Quentin Monaghan were all named to the Tribe Invitational All-Tournament singles team, while Andrews and senior Spencer Talmadge made the All-Tournament doubles team.

Monaghan highlighted the accomplishments of his fellow freshmen on the Irish squad. Monaghan and freshman Alex Lawson combined for eight singles and doubles victories over the three days.

“We learned this fall that although we’re a young team, we have countless freshmen that can adjust to the college level quickly and make an immediate impact,” Bandy said. “In addition, we learned that we have the ability to be a special team this year, as long as we continue to work hard and stay focused on the goals we set to achieve this season.”

Despite the overall success of the Irish, top singles player Andrews had an up-and-down weekend as he lost singles matches in the top flight Friday and Sunday but prevailed over No. 104 Denis Nyugen of Harvard on Saturday.

With the completion of its fall season, Notre Dame now looks ahead to its spring and Big East conference seasons. Meanwhile, the Irish will spend the two-month respite improving their game, especially their doubles play, Bandy said.

“During the offseason we can definitely work on improving the things we’ve been working on all season,” Bandy said. “We’ll continue to develop into a stronger doubles team and have a keen focus on fitness, strength and conditioning.”

Notre Dame will be back in action Jan. 19 against Marquette.

Contact Peter Steiner at psteiner@nd.edu