April 13, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team struggled to find any momentum on Thursday at Florida State, with the No. 28 Irish falling in an uncharacteristic 4-0 decision to the No. 47 Seminoles at the Speicher Tennis Center.
How It Happened
The Irish (16-6, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) fought within one game on two doubles courts, but the Seminoles (13-8, 5-3 ACC) took the point with wins on Courts 1 and 3. Daniela Schippers and Gabriella Casteneda defeated senior Jane Fennelly and freshman Zoe Spence 6-2 on Court 3, and Florida State clinched when Julia Mikulski and Andrea Garcia edged seniors Mary Closs and Monica Robinson 7-6(X) on Court 1.
The Seminoles went on to claim the next three points to clinch the match at 4-0. They extended the lead as Garcia defeated Closs 6-2, 6-0 on the fifth singles court, then went up 3-0 when Ariana Rahmanparast upended sophomore Rachel Chong 6-1, 6-4 at No. 6. Schippers notched the winning point for Florida State, defeating Spence 6-2, 6-2 on Court 4.
The Irish will head to Atlanta on Saturday to wrap up their weekend on the road against Georgia Tech at noon ET at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
No. 47 Florida State 4, No. 28 Notre Dame 0
April 13, 2017
Speicher Tennis Cente
1. No. 72 Monica Robinson (ND) vs. Gabriella Casteneda (FSU) 3-6, 3-4, unfinished
2. Brooke Broda (ND) vs. Nandini Das (FSU) 6-1, 4-3, unfinished
3. Allison Miller (ND) vs.No. 105 Julia Mikulski (FSU) 7-6(2), 0-0 unfinished
4. Daniela Schippers (FSU) def. Zoe Spence (ND) 6-2, 6-2
5. Andrea Garcia (FSU) def. Mary Closs (ND) 6-2, 6-0
6. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Rachel Chong (ND) 6-1, 6-4
1. Julia Mikulski / Andrea Garcia (FSU) def. Mary Closs / Monica Robinson (ND) 7-6(0)
2. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller vs. (ND) Ariana Rahmanparast / Nandini Das (FSU) 6-5, unfinished
3. Daniela Schippers / Gabriella Casteneda (FSU) def. Jane Fennelly / Zoe Spence (ND) 6-2
— ND —
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director 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, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.