March 22, 2018
By Michael Scholl
The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team faces a pair of the ACC’s top programs this weekend, as the Irish visit No. 4 Duke on Friday, March 23, and No. 14 Wake Forest on Sunday, March 25.
WHO: Notre Dame (10-4, 2-2 ACC) vs. No. 4 Duke (12-1, 4-0 ACC)
WHEN: Friday, March 23 | 4 p.m. ET
WHERE: Durham, NC | Ambler Tennis Center
LIVE: GoDuke.com (video & scoring)
WHO: Notre Dame (10-4, 2-2 ACC*) vs. No. 14 Wake Forest (14-4, 3-2 ACC*)
WHEN: Sunday, March 25 | Noon ET
WHERE: Winston-Salem, NC | Wake Forest Tennis Complex
LIVE: WakeForestSports.com (video & scoring)
On The Fighting Irish
Notre Dame travels to North Carolina with a 10-4 mark and 2-2 record in ACC play. Last week, the Irish split a pair of matches, defeating No. 36 Virginia Tech, 5-2, before falling to No. 26 Virginia, 6-1.
Recent matches have seen head coach Jay Louderback complete his singles lineup with Cameron Corse (9-4 in singles during the dual season), Zoe Spence (10-3), Rachel Chong (8-4) and Ally Bojczuk (9-1). At doubles, Corse . & Spence are 6-5 on court two, while Chong & Bess Waldram are 7-1 on court three.
On The Blue Devils
Fourth-ranked Duke is 12-1 on the year and 4-0 in ACC play. The lone setback was a 4-1 loss to North Carolina semifinals of the ITA Indoors. The Blue Devils are a combined 56-8 in singles action during the dual season, while they’ve gone a combined 21-7 in doubles.
Samantha Harris is the seventh-ranked singles player in the nation thanks to a 7-1 record at one singles. Kelly Chen checks-in at No. 29 national thanks to a 7-1 record on court three. In addition, Meible Chi (No. 60), Kaitlyn McCarthy (No. 69) and Ellyse Hamlin (No. 73) all place among the top 75 singles player in the ITA rankings.
The Blue Devils also boast two of the top-six doubles teams in the country. Harris & Chen (16-5 in 2017-18) are the fifth-ranked pair, while Hamlin & McCarthy (17-4 in 2017-18) are sixth.
Notre Dame is 3-19-1 all-time against Duke. The Irish last defeated the Blue Devils on March 12, 2009.
On The Demon Deacons
The 14th-ranked Demon Deacons (14-4, 3-2 ACC) host No. 30 Florida State on Friday before the Irish visit Winston-Salem on Sunday, March 25. Wake has won six-straight matches, most recently sweeping a road swing to Pitt (5-2) and Syracuse (4-3).
Two Wake players rank among the ITA top 100. Emma Davis is ranked 32nd thanks to a 21-8 singles record in 2017-18, while Eliza Omirou checks-in at 94th thanks to a 16-10 mark. At doubles, Chandler Carter & Davis are ranked 31st nationally with a 6-1 record at court one and a 5-0 mark on court two.
The Irish lead the all-time series with Wake, 14-10. Notre Dame took a 4-1 victory in Winston-Salem a season ago.
Notre Dame returns to the road next weekend with matches at Georgia Tech and Clemson. The Irish visit Atlanta to face the Yellow Jackets on Friday, March 30, at 3 p.m., before facing the Tigers on Sunday, April 1, at Noon.
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Michael Scholl has been a member of the Fighting Irish Media communications staff at his alma mater since August 2016. He serves as the secondary contact for the Irish football and hockey teams while coordinating communications efforts for the women’s tennis program. Scholl has previously worked in communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Providence College, Vanderbilt University and the University of Cincinnati. The South Bend, Indiana, native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts and Letters in 2009.