Feb. 16, 2004
EVANSTON, Ill.--Northwestern's 37th-ranked men's tennis team (7-3) concludes its eight-match home stand this week when it takes on DePaul at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Notre Dame at 3 p.m. Saturday at Combe Tennis Center.
The Wildcats have been 5-1 at home, with four of those wins coming against ranked teams. Chuck Perrin (Atlanta, Ga./The Walker School) has been instrumental in those matches, winning three of his last four singles matches and three of his last five doubles matches. The junior has a team-high 15 wins and a victory over a 32nd-ranked doubles team.
"Chuck is a very experienced player," said head coach Paul Torricelli. "He knows what is expected. He really wants to prove himself and see the team succeed."
NU, which holds a 14-0 lead in the all-time series with DePaul, won all nine matches for a 7-0 rout of the Blue Demons (3-7) in 2003. Last Friday DePaul lost 5-2 to Arkansas, a team that the 'Cats beat this past weekend.
"We are not used to playing mid-week matches, but I think our guys will be up for (a Wednesday match against DePaul)," said Torricelli. "We will not be looking past them at all."
The 50th-ranked Fighting Irish (5-2) beat Wisconsin last week to improve to 3-0 against Big Ten opponents. No. 68 Matthew Scott has played at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions this season and holds a 14-7 record. Teammates Luis Haddock and Ryan Keckley form the No. 18 doubles team, although they were split up in the contest against the Badgers.
"Notre Dame is a better team than its ranking indicates," said Torricelli. "They always are one of the strongest teams in the region. I think we bring out the best in each other every year."
NU rallied to win last year's match 4-3 at Notre Dame for a 37-32 edge in the all-time series.
Please note the Notre Dame match has moved from 4 p.m. to 3 p.m.