Jan. 28, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team will get an early start to its Atlantic Coast Conference slate Sunday when the Irish travel to face Pittsburgh.
WHO: Notre Dame (2-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
WHERE: Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center | Pittsburgh, Pa.
WHEN: 10 a.m. ET Sunday
On The Panthers
- Pittsburgh opened the season with a 6-1 win over West Virginia last Saturday at home.
- The Panthers were 3-0 in doubles and 5-1 in singles against the Mountaineers.
- Gabriela Rezende leads Pittsburgh with an 11-3 record dating to the fall. Callie Frey is 11-5 on the season.
- The Irish are 4-0 all time against the Broncos, with all four wins coming under head coach Jay Louderback.
Last Time Out
The Irish put together a nearly perfect weekend to open the season at the Eck Tennis Pavilion last week against Western Michigan and Wright State. In defeating both opponents 7-0, the Irish recorded 11 straight-set singles victories and a 5-1 doubles record. Playing at the No. 1 singles slot for the Irish, senior Monica Robinson barely dropped a game, defeating Western Michigan’s Melina Lyubomirova 6-1, 6-1 and Wright State’s Karline Haller 6-0. 6-0. Freshmen Bess Waldram and Zoe Spence were also impressive in their collegiate debuts, both winning twice in singles and once each in doubles.
Junior Brooke Broda enters the dual season ranked No. 92 in the Oracle/ITA DIvision I National Women’s Singles Rankings. The West Chester, Ohio, product is 7-2 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
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.