April 18, 2016
By Joanne Norell
NORFOLK, Va. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team closed out the regular season with a win Sunday, sweeping Norfolk State in a late-added match at the NSU Tennis Complex.
The Irish won at every position to move to 12-12 on the season. The Irish will head to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship this week, where they will kick off competition at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
In doubles, senior Quinn Gleason and junior Jane Fennelly defeated Dajana Cvjetkovic and Ana Popovic 6-2 on Court 1; sophomores Brooke Broda and Allison Miller upended Andrea Machiavelli and Mafalda Lhorca by the same score on Court 2; and freshman Rachel Chong and senior Julie Vrabel bested Marta Gomar and Liza Gordeeva 6-4 on Court 3.
In singles, the Irish breezed to six straight-set victories. No. 50 Gleason downed Cvjetkovic 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 1 slot, while Miller defeated Gordeeva 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. At the No. 3 position, junior Mary Closs beat Gomar 6-1, 6-1, and Broda cruised by Machiavelli 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4. On Court 5, Fennelly also breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Popovic, while Chong secured a 6-2, 6-2 win over Lhorca on Court 6.
#51 Notre Dame 7, Norfolk State 0
1. No. 50 Quinn Gleason (ND) def. Dajana Dvjetkovic (NSU) 6-1, 6-0
2. No. 108 Allison Miller (ND) def. Liza Gordeeva (NSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Mary Closs (ND) def. Marta Gomar (NSU) 6-1. 6-1
4. Brooke Broda (ND) def. Andrea Macchiavello (NSU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Jane Fennelly (ND) def. Ana Popovic (NSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Rachel Chong (ND) def. Mafalda Lhorca (NSU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Quinn Gleason / Jane Fennelly (ND) def. Dajana Cvjetkovic / Ana Popovic (NSU) 6-2
2. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller (ND) def. Andrea Macchiavello / Mafalda Lhorca (NSU) 6-2
3. Rachel Chong / Julie Vrabel (ND) def. Marta Gomar / Liza Gordeeva (NSU) 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, 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.