April 3, 2016
By Joanne Norell
DURHAM, N.C. – University of Notre Dame women’s tennis sophomore Brooke Broda collected her first win over a ranked opponent and continued her stellar singles season Sunday against Duke, but provided the only scoring for the Irish in a 4-1 loss at the Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils snared the doubles point with wins on Courts 2 and 3. Samantha Harris and Kaitlyn McCarthy defeated senior Julie Vrabel and junior Mary Closs 6-0 at the No. 2 slot, followed by a 6-4 win for Chalena Scholl and Alyssa Smith over sophomore Broda and Allison Miller at No. 3.
Duke made it 2-0 as Scholl defeated junior Monica Robinson 6-3, 6-3 on Court 2 in singles, while the 35th-ranked McCarthy defeated Miller 6-3, 6-4 to extend the lead.
The Irish (10-9, 4-6 ACC) got a point back as Broda picked up her 20th collegiate win, defeating No. 78 Ellyse Hamlin 6-2, 7-6(3) on Court 5. With the win, Broda improved to 14-1 on the dual season and 20-2 overall.
The Blue Devils (15-3, 8-2 ACC) came back in the very next decision, however, clinching the win at 4-1 as No. 28 Beatrice Capra bested No. 45 Quinn Gleason 7-5, 6-3 on Court 1.
The Irish return home next weekend as they host Clemson on Friday and Georgia Tech and Eastern Illinois on Sunday. All three matches are slated to take place at the Courtney Tennis Center.
No. 10 Duke 4, No. 44 Notre Dame 1
1. No. 28 Beatrice Capra (DU) def. No. 45 Quinn Gleason (ND) 7-6, 6-3
2. No. 92 Chalena Scholl (DU) def. No. 61 Monica Robinson (ND) 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 35 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Allison Miller 6-3, 6-4
4. Mary Closs (ND) vs. Samantha Harris (DU) 7-6(5), 4-6, 0-4, unfinished
5. Brooke Broda (ND) def. No. 78 Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 6-2, 7-6(3)
6. Jane Fennelly (ND) vs. Christina Makarova (DU) 6-4, 5-3, unfinished.
1. No. 32 Quinn Gleason / Monica Robinson (ND) vs. No. 13 Beatrice Capra / Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 4-4
2. Samantha Harris / Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Julie Vrabel / Mary Closs (ND) 6-0
3. Chalena Scholl / Alyssa Smith (DU) def. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller (ND) 6-4
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.