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#14 Women's Tennis Beats #16 William & Mary 6-3

April 9, 2000

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The 14th-ranked Notre Dame women’s tennis team won four singles matches and took two of three doubles matches to beat 16th-ranked William & Mary 6-3 for its second won over the Tribe this season. Sophomore Becky Varnum won a tight singles match and then teamed with junior All-American Michelle Dasso to clinch the win at No. 1 doubles. The Irish improve to 17-5 with the win — 10-1 since March — and return to action when they play host to Indiana on Tues., April 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Notre Dame swept the second half of the singles lineup in straight sets. Sophomore Nina Vaughan beat Jessyca Arthur 7-6, 6-3 for her second win of the season over Arthur at No. 4 singles. Sophomore Lindsey Green won 6-4, 7-5 over Lindsay Sullivan at No. 5 singles once again after also winning in straight sets earlier in the season. Freshman Katie Cunha won 6-2, 6-3 over Andrea Coulter at No. 6 singles.

The top half of the singles match all went to three sets, with William & Mary winning two. At No. 1 singles 34th-ranked Carlijn Buis rallied to beat 16th-ranked Dasso 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, while 89th-ranked Carolijn van Rossum held off Irish junior Kelly Zalinski 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. With the Irish leading 3-2, Varnum rallied to beat 53rd-ranked Delphine Troch 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 2 singles to give Notre Dame a 4-2 lead after singles.

Green and Zalinski had their 11-match doubles winning streak snapped when Arthur and Sullivan pulled the Tribe within 4-3 after an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles. The 24th-ranked team of Dasso and Varnum then clinched the win with an 8-5 victory over 29th-ranked Buis and Troch at No. 1 doubles. Cunha and senior Sarah Scaringe won 8-6 at No. 3 doubles to complete the 6-3 win.

The Irish beat the Tribe 5-2 in the first meeting of the season between the teams in the first round of the UTSA/ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 17.



No. 1: #34 Carlijn Buis (WM) def. #16 Michelle Dasso (ND) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3

No. 2: Becky Varnum (ND) def. #53 Delphine Troch (WM) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

No. 3: #89 Carolijn van Rossum (WM) def. Kelly Zalinski (ND) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1

No. 4: Nina Vaughan (ND) def. Jessyca Arthur (WM) 7-6, 6-3

No. 5: Lindsey Green (ND) def. Lindsay Sullivan (WM) 6-4, 7-5

No. 6: Katie Cunha (ND) def. Andrea Coulter (WM) 6-2, 6-3


No. 1: #24 Dasso/Varnum (ND) def. #29 Buis/Troch (WM) 8-5

No. 2: Arthur/Sullivan (WM) def. Green/Zalinski (ND) 8-4

No. 3: Cunha/Sarah Scaringe (ND) def. Coulter/van Rossum (WM) 8-6