March 29, 2018
By Michael Scholl
The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team returns to the road this weekend for ACC matches at third-ranked Georgia Tech and Clemson. The Irish take on the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta on Friday, March 30, before visiting the Tigers on Sunday, April 1.
WHO: Notre Dame (10-6, 2-4 ACC) vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech (13-3, 5-1 ACC)
WHEN: Friday, March 30 | 3 p.m.
WHERE: Atlanta, GA | Ken Byers Tennis Complex
LIVE: (video & scoring)
WHO: Notre Dame (10-6, 2-4 ACC*) vs. Clemson (8-9, 1-5 ACC*)
WHEN: Sunday, April 1 | Noon
WHERE: AU Tennis Center | Anderson, SC
LIVE: ClemsonTigers.com (scoring)
On The Fighting Irish
Notre Dame plays its third consecutive road match and fifth straight contest against a ranked team on Friday, March 30, at No. 3 Georgia Tech. The Irish are looking to rebound following three straight losses in ACC play to No. 26 Virginia, No. 4 Duke and No. 14 Wake Forest.
Look for Brooke Broda atop the singles lineup, followed by Allison Miller who has an 8-5 record on court two. Cameron Corse has seen most the action on court three, followed by Zoe Spence on court four. Spence is 6-2 at four singles this year. Rachel Chong and Caroline Dunleavy are each 3-3 on court five, while Ally Bojczuk boasts an 8-1 record at six singles during the spring.
In doubles action, Broda & Miller are 6-10, with Corse & Spence 6-7 on court two. Head coach Jay Louderback has not altered those parings, while the lineup has been solidified with Chong & Bess Waldram at three doubles, where they own a 7-2 record.
On The Yellow Jackets
Third-ranked Georgia Tech is looking for is fifth consecutive win on Friday against Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets boast a pair of nationally ranked singles players in Paige Hourigan (No. 22) and Ida Jarlskog (No. 115). In addition, three GT doubles teams are ranked, led by Hourigan and Kenya Jones who are first in the nation with an 8-3 record on court one.
Notre Dame is 4-9 all-time against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets won, 7-0, in Atlanta a year ago. The last Irish win in the series was in w012-13, a 5-2 victory in Atlanta.
On The Tigers
Clemson will face NC State on Friday before hosting the Irish. The Tigers have been off since defeating Yale and fallingt o UCF at the UTSA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida, on March 21. Marie-Alexandre Leduc is the nation’s 21st-ranked singles player with a 7-4 record at one singles this year. Leduc & Fernanda Navarro combine to form the country’s 34th-ranked doubles pairing. They are 9-2 in dual matches, including seven consecutive victories and a 4-0 mark in ACC play.
The Irish own a 9-6 edge in the all-time series with Clemson. The last meeting was a 4-0 win by the Tigers at the ACC Championships a year ago.
Notre Dame returns home to host North Carolina and NC State next week. The Irish and Tar Heels will meet Friday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m., with the match against the Wolfpack set for Sunday, April 8, at Noon.
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Michael Scholl has been a member of the Fighting Irish Media communications staff at his alma mater since August 2016. He serves as the secondary contact for the Irish football and hockey teams while coordinating communications efforts for the women’s tennis program. Scholl has previously worked in communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Providence College, Vanderbilt University and the University of Cincinnati. The South Bend, Indiana, native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts and Letters in 2009.