Men's Tennis Championship Central
Awards Ceremony Video
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - No. 1 seeded Notre Dame defeated No. 2 seeded Louisville 4-0 Sunday to claim the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Championship title for the ninth time in program history. The match was played indoors at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on the campus of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame won the doubles point with an 8-2 win from Ryan Bandy and Spencer Talmadge on the No. 2 court and an 8-3 win from Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor in the No. 1 spot. Singles play featured wins from Bandy, Greg Andrews and Quentin Monaghan. Bandy played on the No. 6 court and won 6-3, 6-1. In the No. 1 spot, No. 85 nationally ranked Andrews won 6-3, 7-5 against No. 69 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer. Monaghan took the deciding match with a 7-5, 6-3 win on the No. 2 court. Andrews was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Championship.
The Fighting Irish and Cardinals were meeting in the championship match for the fifth time in eight years. It marked Notre Dame's 16th championship final appearance, the most of any BIG EAST school, and ninth championship trophy, second most in league history. Louisville has made six final appearances since joining the league in 2006 and is 4-2 in title matches. The Cardinals won the previous three championships before Sunday's loss while Notre Dame claimed its first title since '08.
In the consolation bracket, No. 3 USF defeated No. 4 Marquette 4-3 in a marathon match that lasted four hours and twenty minutes to claim third place and No. 9 seed St. John's beat No. 7 DePaul 4-1 at the South Bend Racquet Club to take fifth place.
Match 10 - #1 Notre Dame 4, #2 Louisville 0
Match 11 - #3 USF 4, #4 Marquette 3
Match 12 - #7 DePaul 1, #9 St. John's 4