Looking Forward...BIG EAST Men's Tennis
BIG EAST Tennis
CHICAGO - This is the 11th in a series that takes an inside look at the future of DePaul athletics in the BIG EAST Conference. The BIG EAST, headquartered in Providence, R.I., celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2003-04 season and moved forward in 2004-05 with the addition of five new members poised to join the league this summer.
On July 1, DePaul University joins the University of Cincinnati, University of Louisville, Marquette University and the University of South Florida as new members of the BIG EAST Conference. The league membership in 2005-06 includes the five new members joining the University of Connecticut, Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers University, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, Syracuse University, Villanova University and the University of West Virginia.
A Preview of BIG EAST Men’s Tennis
The Notre Dame men’s tennis team defeated Rutgers, 4-0, to claim the 2005 BIG EAST Tennis Championship title and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. The Irish also won the title in 2004, giving them consecutive championships for the first time since entering the league in 1995-96. The Scarlet Knights, the No. 3 seed, made their first appearance in a championship final.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame lost to future BIG EAST member Louisville, 4-1, in the first round.
Last Five BIG EAST Men's Tennis Champions
2005 BIG EAST Championship Results
1. Notre Dame