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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - No. 1 seed Notre Dame and No. 2 seed Louisville advanced to play in the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Championship title match hosted by the University of Notre Dame.
Three matches were played inside at the Eck Tennis Pavilion and one match was played in the South Bend Racquet Club due to cold weather. In the first match of the day, the top-seeded Fighting Irish defeated the fourth-seeded Golden Eagles of Marquette 4-1. The win marks Notre Dame's 16th championship appearance, most of any BIG EAST school. Following the match, No. 50 Louisville defeated No. 3 seed USF 4-1 to return to the title match for the sixth time in eight years. The No. 2 seeded Cardinals look for their fourth straight BIG EAST title.
Since joining the league in 2006, Louisville has faced Notre Dame four times in the championship match and holds a 3-1 advantage. However, the Fighting Irish defeated the Cardinals on their own court a week ago, 5-2.
In the consolation bracket, No. 7 seed DePaul knocked off No. 6 seed Villanova 4-1 at the South Bend Racquet Club. They advanced to face No. 9 St. John's for fifth place. The Red Storm upset No. 5 Georgetown 4-1. Marquette and USF will compete for third place.
Match 6 - #1 Notre Dame 4, #4 Marquette 1
Match 7 - #2 Louisville 4, #3 USF 1
Match 8 - #6 Villanova 1, #7 DePaul 4
Match 9 - #5 Georgetown 1, #9 St. John's 4