PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Notre Dame men's tennis team opened its NCAA schedule on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt on the campus of Ohio State University. The Irish will advance to play the host Buckeyes on May 13 at noon. The Notre Dame women fell 4-2 to Northwestern, marking the second-straight year the Wildcats beat the Irish in the second round of the NCAA Championship.
In men's action, sophomore Greg Andrews, the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Player of the Year, scored a three-set victory to clinch the match in dramatic fashion for the Irish. Andrews took the first set from Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, but dropped the second set to even the count. With the match tied at 3-3, Andrews dominated the third set, winning 6-1 and giving the Irish the victory.
Notre Dame fell behind early, dropping the doubles point to the Commodores after only two matches. The Irish pulled singles victories from junior Blas Moros, senior Niall Fitzgerald, senior Sam Keeton and Andrews to capture the win.
Next for the Notre Dame men is No. 5 Ohio State, which beat Notre Dame in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Championship.
The Notre Dame women faced No. 13 Northwestern in the second round at Northwestern, falling 4-2 to the Wildcats. The Irish grabbed the doubles point but could not overcome the singles power of NU. Senior Kristy Frilling, the 2012 BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player, recorded the only singles win for ND.