CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 8 North Carolina men's tennis team (17-3, 4-1 ACC) will meet ninth-ranked Notre Dame (13-6, 3-2 ACC) for the first time as an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Eck Tennis Pavilion.
The highly anticipated contest is the second in a string of four road matches for the Tar Heels. It will conclude this weekend's road trip that started on Friday with a 7-0 sweep of Boston College in Dedham, Mass.
Coach Sam Paul's Tar Heels, who have reemerged on the national scene this spring behind a solid mix of veteran leadership and young talent, will look to improve their 2-2 record against top-15 teams this season.
The Fighting Irish will be a good test despite falling 4-3 at home to No. 14 Duke in their last match on Friday.
Notre Dame's singles lineup features 29th-ranked Greg Andrews. In doubles, the seventh-ranked pair of Andrews and Alex Lawson will provide an early challenge.
Both teams feature former players who have returned to coach at their alma maters. UNC's Tripp Phillips and Notre Dame coach Ryan Sachire faced each other at No. 1 singles when Carolina beat Notre Dame on March 25, 2000. Both would go on to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championships later that year, with Phillips reaching the quarterfinals and Sachire the Round of 64.