Fr. Joyce

Jun 14, 2013

...was a modest man. I got to know him very well after I retiurned to ND in 1995...

He once told me that he was a pretty good tennis player when he was a student.  I was able to introduce him to my sister when she visited me.  She said later “That’s the first time I ever met a person who had a building named after him”.  I found this story from a 1934 SCHOLASTIC.

JOYCE TRIUMPHS IN FROSH NET TOURNEY

The most coveted of all frosh tennis honors, the freshman tennis championship, fell to the racquet of Ed Joyce who thrilled the crowd with his colorful versatility as he smashed out a 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, 10-8 victory over the lanky Oklahoman, Cyle Donnell. It was a victory, not unexpected, but one that sapped the strength of both contestants. So bitterly was the match contested that it became a duel of stamina with Joyce holding the upper hand. The score does not indicate the closeness of the play. Donnell unleashed a flurry of amazing lofts and volleys to smother Joyce in the first set, but after that Joyce dominated the play and won the next three sets. It was a contest between steadiness and power, and steadiness won. Time after time, Joyce returned almost untouchable placements to finally break down his opponent's game and win. Flashes of erratic play on the part of Donnell contributed largely to his scorching service and placements kept him in the fight. Joyce darted about the court like a Missouri jackrabbit, returning shot after shot until he drew his opponent out of position, and then passing him to win the point. No definite arrangement has been made to date regarding the match for the University tennis championship between the winners of the Upper class and Freshmen tourneys.


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