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Inside Irish: Michigan

Feb. 2, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team returns home this weekend to meet its first ranked opponent in No. 13 Michigan at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Match 4
Notre Dame (3-0, 1-0 ACC) vs. No. 13 Michigan (2-0)
WHERE: Eck Tennis Pavilion | Notre Dame, Ind.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. ET Friday

On The Wolverines

  • Michigan is ranked No. 13 in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Tennis rankings and opened the season with two wins over Denver and Mississippi State last weekend during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, earning a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
  • The Wolverines boast four singles players in the Oracle/ITA rankings: No. 20 Kate Fahey, No. 60 Alex Najarian, No. 78 Chiara Lommer and No. 80 Brienne Minor. Fahey and Najarian make up the nation’s No. 4 doubles team, while Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook rank 29th nationally.
  • Michigan is 7-0 in singles matches this season and 3-2 in doubles decisions.
  • The Irish are 22-15 all time against the Wolverines, and 20-10 under head coach Jay Louderback.

Last Time Out

The Irish put on another impressive performance last Sunday when they defeated Pittsburgh in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup on the road. In defeating the Panthers 6-1, the Irish improved to 3-0 on the season. Senior Monica Robinson, junior Allison Miller and freshmen Bess Waldram and Zoe Spence all improved to 3-0 in dual singles matches this season, with the Irish collectively going 17-1 in singles through their first three matches.

Rankings Rundown

Junior Brooke Broda entered the dual season ranked No. 92 in the Oracle/ITA DIvision I National Women’s Singles Rankings. The West Chester, Ohio, product is 7-3 on the season and is coming off an All-ACC Third Team appearance last season after posting a 28-2 mark, including 22-1 in dual matches.

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, 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.

To keep up with all things Irish women’s tennis, be sure to follow @NDWomensTennis on Twitter and like Notre Dame Women’s Tennis on Facebook.


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.