CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — The Notre Dame women’s tennis team took four singles matches into a third set on the road at No. 20 Virginia, but fell to the Cavaliers, 5-2, in ACC action on Friday evening.
The Irish (10-11, 3-9) took the doubles point, earning wins in all three matches, before the Cavaliers (15-5, 7-4) captured five singles matches, four of them in three sets.
How It Happened
The tandem of Brooke Broda and Bess Waldram earned the first Notre Dame victory of the match, defeating Hunter Blesser and Meghan Kelley, 6-2. Notre Dame then clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 victor at two doubles where Ally Bojczuk and Zoe Taylor defeated Vivian Glozman and Sofia Munera. The Irish also saw the 72nd-ranked duo of Cameron Corse and Zoe Spence defeat the nation’s 63rd-ranked doubles pair, Chloe Gullickson and Amber O’Dell, 6-4.
In singles, the Cavaliers captured the first three singles matches. Munera won a three-set decision from Waldram (6-3, 2-6, 6-2), Gullickson took a straight-set victory, the only such singles win for UVA, over Broda (7-5, 6-2) and Blesser won a three-set battle from Taylor (6-3, 3-6, 6-1).
Notre Dame drew back within a point thanks to Corse taking a 7-5, 7-5 win over Glozman, but Virginia captured the match with a hard-fought win by Kelley (ITA No. 31) at the top of the lineup over Spence (ITA No. 64), 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. O’Dell then provided the final point of the day for the hosts with a hard-fought 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-1 win over Bojczuk.
- It marked the sixth consecutive match against an ITA top-35 opponent for Notre Dame (No. 27 Miami, No. 22 Florida State, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 33 Georgia Tech, No. 3 Duke and No. 20 Virginia).
- Corse improved to 15-4 in singles action this spring.
- Bojczuk and Taylor improved to 9-3 as doubles partners and are now 2-0 when playing at the two doubles position.
- Broda and Waldram played together at three doubles for the first time in 2019 and are 5-5 as partners, overall.
- On Sunday at Virginia Tech, Notre Dame will play a team that is not in the ITA Top 50 for the first time since March 12 (vs. Iowa in Orlando, Florida) and just the third time in 12 matches.