Aug. 31, 2017
2017-18 Women’s Tennis Schedule
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By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A challenging Atlantic Coast Conference schedule highlights the 2017-18 University of Notre Dame women’s tennis slate, announced by head coach Jay Louderback on Thursday.
The Irish will face all nine of the ACC squads that were ranked at the end of last season in the Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Rankings (Notre Dame was the 10th, at No. 29). Also featured is 2017 semifinalist and end-of-year No. 3 Ohio State (Feb. 4).
“Our ACC schedule, as always, will be challenging but exciting,” Louderback said. “I really like the diversity in our non-conference schedule. We will be playing a few more double headers which will allow us to show the depth we have on our team. We are also looking forward to an early-season match at Ohio State.”
The Irish will host three doubleheaders (Jan. 27 vs. Eastern Illinois/Evansville; Feb. 18 vs. Indiana/Wright State; Feb. 24 vs. Pitt/Bowling Green) and take part in another during Spring Break in Fort Myers, Fla. (March 13 vs. Minnesota/Florida Gulf Coast).
The fall season features six tournament opportunities for the Irish, starting the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Northwestern Invitational and during the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 8 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. The ITA Midwest Regional Championships will take place Oct. 12-17 at Michigan, while the fall will culminate Nov. 2-5 with the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, Arizona State Invitational and Western Michigan Invitational.
Five Notre Dame spring opponents were ranked in the top 25 to close 2017 – No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 North Carolina, No, 9 Georgia Tech, No. 12 Duke and No. 25 Miami (Fla.).
The longest homestand for the Irish will come Feb. 11-March 3, hosting six matches, while the longest road stretch will span four matches from March 23-April 1.
The ACC Championships will return this season to the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina, for the fourth time in Notre Dame’s five season in the conference, while the NCAA team and individual tournaments will take place at May 17-28 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
2017-18 Women’s Tennis Schedule
All Times ET
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – Northwestern Invitational
Sept. 30-Oct. 8 – Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 12-17 – ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Nov. 2-5 – Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Nov. 3-5 – Arizona State Invitational
Nov. 3-5 – Western Michigan Invitational
Jan. 23 – vs. Western Michigan, 5 p.m.
Jan. 27 – vs. Eastern Illinois, 10 a.m.; vs. Evansville, 2 p.m.
Feb. 4 – @ Ohio State, 1 p.m.
Feb. 9 – @ Louisville*, TBA
Feb. 11 – vs. Illinois, noon
Feb. 18 – vs. Indiana, 10 a.m.; vs. Wright State, 2 p.m.
Feb. 24 – vs. Pitt*, 10 a.m.; vs. Bowling Green, 3 p.m.
March 3 – vs. Iowa, noon
March 4 – @ Purdue, 1 p.m.
March 13 – vs. Minnesota (at Fort Myers, Fla.), 10 a.m.; @ Florida Gulf Coast, 5 p.m.
March 16 – vs. Virginia*, noon
March 18 – vs. Virginia Tech*, noon
March 23 – @ Duke*, 3 p.m.
March 25 – @ Wake Forest*, noon
March 30 – @ Georgia Tech*, 2 p.m.
April 1 – @ Clemson*, noon
April 6 – vs. North Carolina*, 4 p.m.
April 8 – vs. NC State*, noon
April 13 – @ Boston College*, TBA
April 15 – @ Syracuse*, TBA
April 20 – vs. Florida State*, 4 p.m.
April 22 – vs. Miami (Fla.)*, noon
April 25-29 – ACC Championships @ Cary, N.C.
May 14-15 – NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds
May 17-28 – NCAA Championships @ Winston-Salem, N.C.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.