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Inside Irish: Virginia Tech

March 30, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 27th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team heads east for a single matchup this weekend, taking on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Match 19
WHO: No. 27 Notre Dame (15-3, 6-2 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (7-8, 0-6 ACC)
WHERE: Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center | Blacksburg, Va.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. ET Friday
RESULTS: Live Stats

On The Hokies

  • After starting the season 7-2, Virginia Tech has lost its last six matches, all in conference play.
  • The Hokies are led in the rankings by No. 92 Natalie Novotna (11-3) and No. 102 Francesca Fusinato (10-5).
  • Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Virginia Tech 10-0, including 8-0 under head coach Jay Louderback. The Irish defeated the Hokies 4-3 last season.

Last Time Out

Notre Dame went 1-1 over the weekend, dropping a 4-3 loss to NC State before rebounding in a 5-2 victory over Miami at home. Against the Hurricanes, the Irish won the doubles point, then got singles wins from juniors Allison Miller and Brooke Broda to go ahead 3-0. Miami picked up a win at No. 6, but senior Mary Closs shut the door with a three-set win to improve to 10-3 in dual matches and 4-2 in ACC play. Senior Monica Robinson also won for the Irish.

Singles Standouts

The Irish are a collective 78-26 in dual singles matches this season. Junior Allison Miller leads the Irish with a 15-3 dual mark, followed by freshman Zoe Spence at 14-4 and senior Monica Robinson at 13-3. Also with 10 wins this season are senior Mary Closs (10-3) and junior Brooke Broda (10-4)

Rankings Rundown

The Irish dropped spots in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Tennis Rankings this week, coming in at No. 27.

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.