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Inside Irish: Western Michigan & Wright State

Jan. 21, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team will open its season with a pair of matches on Sunday, welcoming Western Michigan and Wright State to the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Match 1
WHO: Notre Dame vs. Western Michigan
WHERE: Eck Tennis Pavilion | Notre Dame, Ind.
WHEN: 10 a.m. ET Sunday

Match 2
WHO: Notre Dame vs. Wright State
WHERE: Eck Tennis Pavilion | Notre Dame, Ind.
WHEN: 3 p.m. ET Sunday

On The Broncos

  • Western Michigan opened the season with wins over Oakland and Valparaiso on January 14 and will face Indiana on Saturday.
  • Five Broncos are undefeated in dual matches this season, led by Barbare Eristavi, who owns a 13-1 record dating back to the fall, and Denise Azcui, who is 12-2 on the season and has won seven straight matches.
  • The Broncos went 19-8 last season and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Championship before falling to Ball State in the final.
  • The Irish are 16-4 all time against the Broncos, including 12-0 under head coach Jay Louderback.

On The Raiders

  • Wright State entered the weekend 1-1 with a win over Saint Francis (Pa.) and a loss to No. 7 Ohio State last weekend.
  • The Raiders will host both IUPUI and Dayton on Saturday before making the trip to face the Irish at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
  • Sunday’s match will be the first meeting in the series between Notre Dame and Wright State.

Rankings Rundown

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 6-2 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, 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.