April 12, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 28th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s tennis will head south on its penultimate road trip of the regular season, facing off with Florida State on Thursday before wrapping the trip at Georgia Tech on Saturday.
WHO: No. 28 Notre Dame (16-5, 7-4 ACC) vs. No. 47 Florida State (12-8, 4-3 ACC)
WHERE: Speicher Tennis Center | Tallahassee, Fla.
WHEN: 4 p.m. ET Thursday
WATCH: ACC Network Extra
RESULTS: Live Stats
WHO: No. 28 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Georgia Tech (20-2, 10-0 ACC)
WHERE: Ken Byers Tennis Complex | Atlanta, Ga.
WHEN: Noon ET Saturday
On The Seminoles
- Florida State enters Thursday’s contest at 12-8 and a winner in its last four matches.
- The Seminoles have one ranked player on the roster, No. 11 Julia Mikulski, who is 9-6 between No. 1, 2 and 3 singles. Ariana Rahmanparast is 10-8 in singles for the Seminoles.
- The Irish are 3-1 in the all-time series against the Seminoles. Notre Dame defeated Florida State 4-3 last season.
- The match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and can be live streamed on WatchESPN or through the WatchESPN app.
On The Yellow Jackets
- After reaching the ACC Semifinals last season, Georgia Tech has had one of the best seasons among all of women’s college tennis in 2017. The Yellow Jackets are ranked sixth nationally, are undefeated in conference play and are in the midst of a 14-match win streak. They will face Boston College on Friday before welcoming the Irish on Saturday.
- Georgia Tech boasts three ranked singles players: No. 42 Rasheeda McAdoo (11-5; 6-3 at No. 1), No. 81 Paige Hourigan (16-4; 9-1 at No. 2) and No. 93 Johnisse Renaud (16-5; 6-2 at No. 1, 6-1 at No. 3). Two other players can claim impressive records, as well: Nami Otsuka (18-1; 15-1 at No. 6) and Kenya Jones (16-4; 15-4 at No. 5).
- Renaud and McAdoo make up the 20th ranked doubles team in the country. The pair is 10-4 at No. 1 doubles.
- Georgia Tech owns an 8-4 advantage in the all-time series with Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Irish twice last season, 4-3 during the regular season at Notre Dame and 4-0 in the ACC Championship quarterfinal.
Last Time Out
Notre Dame closed out its home slate last weekend against Duke and North Carolina, falling to the Blue Devils 4-3 and the Tar Heels 7-0.
Notre Dame currently sits in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 7-4 conference mark, behind Georgia Tech (10-0), Duke (9-0) and North Carolina (8-1). Wake Forest is just behind the Irish at 6-5.
The Irish are a collective 84-38 in dual singles matches this season, with five of six regular starters owning six losses or fewer. Freshman Zoe Spence and junior Allison Miller are both 15-6 on the year; senior Monica Robinson is 14-5; senior Mary Closs is 12-4 and sophomore Rachel Chong is 11-4 on the year. Junior Brooke Broda is 10-7 on the season.
The Irish rose one spot in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Tennis Rankings last week, coming in at No. 28. Monica Robinson is ranked No. 72 in the singles rankings.
Keeping Up With The Irish
All indoor home matches will be streamed live on WatchND. Live scoring will be available for all home tennis matches at UND.com, with links for each match available on the women’s tennis schedule page. Live match updates will also be shared on the team’s Twitter account, @NDWomensTennis.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant 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.