April 10, 2016
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team picked up three impressive singles wins over No. 17 Georgia Tech on Sunday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion, but the Yellow Jackets notched the difference in doubles in a 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the Irish.
The Yellow Jackets won on Courts 1 and 2 to take the doubles point. They won the first match at the No. 2 slot as Johnnise Renaud and Rasheeda McAdoo defeated Irish junior Mary Closs and senior Julie Vrabel 6-3, but the Irish got even as sophomores Brooke Broda and Allison Miller bested Megan Kurey and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer 6-3 at No. 3. Georgia Tech clinched it, though, as 13th-ranked Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan beat senior Quinn Gleason and junior Jane Fennelly at the top spot, also 6-3.
Georgia Tech (15-6, 10-2 ACC) held on to the momentum in singles, winning the first set on all but Court 1. Though the Irish (10-11, 4-8 ACC) came back to force third sets in two of those matches, the Yellow Jackets used three straight-sets wins to clinch the match at 4-0.
Alexis Prokopuik put Georgia Tech up 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Fennelly on Court 5, while Natasha Prokhnevska defeated freshman Rachel Chong 7-6(0) 6-1 to extend the lead on Court 6. At No. 3, Closs came back from down 5-1 in the second set to tie it al 5-all, but could not hold on as she fell to Rasheeda McAdoo 6-3, 7-5 to clinch the match.
The wins the Irish did get were impressive. Broda, who trailed Woodard 5-2 in the second set on Court 4, came back to notch her 16th win of the season, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0(7), to give the Irish their first point. Soon after, the 64th-ranked Gleason downed the 32nd-ranked Renaud on Court 1, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(6). Miller closed out the match with a gutsy 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 37 Hourigan on Court 2.
The Irish will return to action at home at 3:30 p.m. ET Friday when they take on Virginia Tech on Senior Day. They will then head to Charlottesville, Virgnia, to face the Cavaliers at 10 a.m. Sunday to close out the regular season.
No. 17 Georgia Tech 4, No. 45 Notre Dame 3
1. No. 64 Quinn Gleason (ND) def. No. 32 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(6)
2. Allison Miller (ND) def. No. 37 Paige Hourigan (GT) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Mary Closs (ND) 6-3, 7-5
4. Brooke Broda (ND) def. Kendal Woodard (GT) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0(7)
5. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Jane Fennelly (ND) 6-0, 6-4
6. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) def. Rachel Chong (ND) 7-6(0), 6-1
1. No. 13 Kendal Woodard / Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Quinn Gleason / Jane Fennelly (ND) 6-3
2. Johnnise Renaud / Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Mary Closs / Julie Vrabel (ND) 6-3
3. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller (ND) def. Megan Kurey / Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 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.