PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Notre Dame men's and women's tennis teams swept the 2013 BIG EAST Tennis Championships and have been selected to compete at the 2013 NCAA Tennis Championships. First and second round action begins May 10-12 and the finals will be held at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex May 16-27 in Urbana, Ill.
The Notre Dame men return to the NCAA Championships for the 22nd time in 26 years under BIG EAST Coach of the Year Bobby Bayliss. The Irish (19-7) rank No. 31 in the ITA Men's National Team Rankings and will face No. 33 Washington (17-11) in the first round in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of Ohio State. The winner will face either No. 4 Ohio State (31-2) or Coastal Carolina (15-5). The Irish are riding a nine-match winning streak heading into the NCAA Championship, their longest streak since 2006-07 when the team won nine straight and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.
Notre Dame earned the league's automatic bid with its ninth conference title. They are led by BIG EAST Player of the Year Greg Andrews and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Quentin Monaghan. Andrews ranks No. 81 in the nation with an 18-7 singles record in the No. 1 spot. The junior was also named the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Performer and is a three-time All-Conference selection. Monaghan posted an 18-4 record on the No. 2 court and 9-3 mark in the No. 3 spot. Andrews and Monaghan, unanimous all conference selections, were joined by senior Blas Moros and sophomore Billy Pecor for a league-high four All-BIG EAST honorees.
On the women's side, No. 23 Notre Dame (17-8) was paired against No. 47 North Carolina State (14-9) in the first round. The teams will compete in Ann Arbor, Mich. on the campus of the University of Michigan. The winner advances to play No. 6 Michigan (21-5) or IPFW (22-7).
The Irish won their sixth-straight BIG EAST title and 13th total to earn the league's automatic bid. The team is led by BIG EAST Women's Player of the Year Britney Sanders and BIG EAST Coach of the Year Jay Louderback. Sanders won the award unanimously and was also selected BIG EAST Most Outstanding Performer at the 2013 conference championship. The junior ranks No. 47 in ITA Singles and No. 84 in ITA Doubles, paired with classmate Julie Sabacinski. Junior Jennifer Kellner and freshman Quinn Gleason were named All-BIG EAST selections to join Sanders for a league-best three honorees.