April 22, 2016
By Joanne Norell
CARY, N.C. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team’s run through the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship came to an end Friday as the Irish fell to 15th-ranked and third-seeded Georgia Tech 4-0 in their quarterfinal match at Cary Tennis Park.
Georgia Tech won the doubles point with 6-4 wins on Courts 1 and 2. The Yellow Jackets earned the advantage on Court 2 as Johnnise Renaud and Rasheeda McAdoo defeated Irish junior Mary Closs and senior Julie Vrabel, while 10th-ranked Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan upended No. 38 senior Quinn Gleason and junior Monica Robinson to clinch the point. Both Irish squads had gone down 2-5 on those courts, but pulled within 4-5 before ultimately falling.
The Yellow Jackets continued to roll in singles, winning the first set on five of six courts. They got a pair of quick wins on Courts 4 and 6, as Woodard defeated Closs 7-6(1), 6-1 on Court 4 to make it 2-0, and Natasha Prokhnevska downed junior Jane Fennelly 6-1, 6-3 to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Irish sophomore Allison Miller looked to push her match into a third set on Court 3 against McAdoo, holding until 4-4, but McAdoo closed out the victory 6-1, 6-4 to clinch for Georgia Tech.
The Irish will learn their NCAA Championship fate during the NCAA.com Selection Show at 5 p.m. ET on May 3.
No. 15 Georgia Tech 4, No. 47 Notre Dame 0
1. No. 48 Quinn Gleason (ND) vs. No. 41 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-1, 6-6, unfinished
2. No. 83 Monica Robinson (ND) vs. No. 42 Paige Hourigan (GT) 6-7(4), 2-2, unfinished
3. Rasheeda McAdoo (ND) def. No. 107 Allison Miller (ND) 6-1, 6-4
4. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Mary Closs (ND) 7-6(1), 6-1
5. Brooke Broda (ND) vs. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) 2-6, 6-2, 2-1, unfinished
6. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) def. Jane Fennelly (ND) 6-1, 6-3
1. No. 10 Kendal Woodard / Paige Hourigan (GT) def. No. 38 Quinn Gleason / Monica Robinson (ND) 6-4
2. Johnnise Renaud / Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Mary Closs / Julie Vrabel (ND) 6-4
3. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller (ND) vs. Alexis Prokopuik / Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 5-4, unfinished
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, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.