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Men’s Tennis: Watt, Moros lead Irish in regular season finale

Kate Grabarek | Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Irish are looking to rebound after last week’s two straight losses to No. 2 Ohio State and Louisville when they host Ball State this afternoon.

The Cardinals (14-7) come into South Bend to wrap up the home portion of Notre Dame’s spring schedule. Despite the recent setbacks, the Irish (11-11) enter the contest confident having picked up some big wins from freshman Blas Moros and junior David Anderson in recent matches.

“David Anderson has come on strong for us as the season has progressed,” Bayliss said. “He has added good all-court skills and can finish at the net, something that was problematic for him as a freshman. He has a big first serve, penetrating ground strokes and counters better than he did even a year ago. More than anything he has a real presence on the court and great determination.”

The Irish have faced some tough opponents and know that they have battle-tested players on the team.

Sophomore Casey Watt at No. 1 singles leads the Irish this season.
Watt has been successful this season, but he has taken some tough losses at doubles, including one against Southern Methodist University.

“Even though they lost, I thought Casey and David fought hard,” Bayliss said. “Casey had some match points, but had trouble finishing at the net.”
In the loss to Louisville, Moros and sophomore Sam Keeton were able to pull out victories for the Irish.

“Blas Moros played more aggressively,” Bayliss said. “He stayed up tight on the baseline and played a very gritty match. He is growing before our eyes and it is rewarding to see. He served well at key times and did not back down under pressure.”

The Irish are working on their doubles constantly to try and secure the doubles win more often to get the match rolling to a fast start.

After wrapping up the home schedule today, the Irish will then head to Bayliss’ former school, Navy, to take on the Midshipmen Saturday.
The Irish play Ball State Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.