April 1, 2016
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team pulled out a close Atlantic Coast Conference victory Friday, getting four critical singles wins to collect a 4-3 victory over Florida State at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
The No 44 Irish, whose last three matches against the Seminoles have come down the final singles decision, halted a three-match losing streak and avenged a 4-3 loss to Florida State at last year’s ACC Championship.
The Seminoles captured the doubles point with wins on Courts 2 and 3. Daneika Northwick and Yukako Noi defeated junior Mary Closs and senior Julie Vrabel 6-3 at the No. 2 slot, but the Irish got even as the No. 33-ranked duo of senior Quinn Gleason and junior Monica Robinson bested Gabby Castaneda and Julia Mikulski 6-4 at No. 1. Florida State sealed the point, however, at No. 3 as Lana Rush and Daniela Schippers upended sophomores Brooke Broda and Allison Miller in the last doubles match remaining.
The Irish wrested momentum as play turned to singles, getting three quick decisions to take a 3-1 lead. The 61st-ranked Robinson defeated Noi 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 2 slot to start things off, while Broda finished off Rush 6-1, 6-4 on Court 5. Miller followed soon after with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Castaneda on Court 3 for Notre Dame’s third straight win.
Florida State retaliated on Court 1 as No. 55 Borthwick dispatched No. 45 Gleason 6-4, 6-3, then tied the match at 3-3 with Mikulski claiming a 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Closs on Court 5.
But junior Jane Fennelly found the deciding point for the Irish, pulling away in the second set to defeat Schippers 7-6(5), 6-2 at the No. 6 slot to deliver the Irish to victory.
Notre Dame will hit the road for its final match of the weekend, returning to North Carolina for the second time in as many weeks to take on No. 10 Duke (14-3, 7-2 ACC) at 11 a.m. ET Sunday at the Ambler Tennis Center in Durham.
No. 44 Notre Dame 4, No. 57 Florida State 3
1. No. 55 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. No. 45 Quinn Gleason (ND) 6-4, 6-3
2. No. 61 Monica Robinson (ND) def. Yukako Noi (FSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Allison Miller (ND) def. Gabby Castaneda (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Mary Closs (ND) 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3
5. Brooke Broda (ND) def. Lana Rush (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Jane Fennelly (ND) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU) 7-6(5), 6-2
1. No. 33 Quinn Gleason / Monica Robinson (ND) def. Gabby Castaneda / Julia Mikulski (FSU) 6-4
2. Daneika Borthwick / Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Mary Closs / Julie Vrabel (ND) 6-3
3. Lana Rush / Daniela Schippers (FSU) def. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller (ND) 6-3
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 women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.