May 25, 2016
By Joanne Norell
TULSA, Okla. — A strong comeback bid fell just short for University of Notre Dame women’s tennis senior Quinn Gleason on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
After a slow start, the 49th-ranked Gleason wrested the momentum from 35th-ranked opponent Desirae Krawczyk of Arizona State, but could not hold on in a 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 loss.
The Mendon, New York, native made it a match in the second set, forcing the third stanza with a staunch defensive showing. Facing match point down 5-3 in the second, Gleason broke Krawczyk to return to hold, then broke once more to take a 6-5 lead. In the third, she broke again early to go up 2-1 and went on to lead 4-2, but dropped the next four games as Krawczyk claimed victory.
Gleason finished her career with a 79-45 singles record (including a 62-35 mark in dual play) and an 82-45 doubles record (58-34). She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 29 during the 2014-15 season, and a career-high doubles ranking of No. 9 in 2013-14.
Gleason was a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier (singles 2014, 2016; doubles 2015) and a three-time all-conference selection (BIG EAST 2013; ACC 2015-16). In 2014, she was named the ITA Midwest Regional Player to Watch and was the team’s Monogram Club Most Valuable Player as a freshman in 2013.
2016 NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship
Case Tennis Center
Round of 64
#35 Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. No. 49 Quinn Gleason (ND) 6-0, 5-7, 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.