May 13, 2016
By Joanne Norell
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team saw its season end Friday, falling to No. 27 UCLA 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the Varsity Tennis Center at Ohio State University.
The Irish and Bruins traded doubles positions, but UCLA claimed the point after claiming a late break on Court 2. Seventh-ranked Kyle McPhillips and Catherine Harrison started things off with a 6-0 win over Irish senior Quinn Gleason and junior Jane Fennelly, but the Irish evened the plane as sophomores Brooke Broda and Allison Miller upended Maia Magill and Kristin Wiley 6-2 on Court 3. At the No. 2 slot, junior Mary Closs and senior Julie Vrabel held serve with Terri Fleming and Alaina Miller through most of the set, but the Bruin pair broke the Irish duo at 4-3 and held to take the set.
The Irish got on the board first in singles, however, as Broda upended Wiley 6-2, 6-0 for her 11th straight win. But UCLA again took the lead when No. 17 Harrison bested No. 49 Gleason 6-4, 6-0 on Court 1.
The Bruins took a 3-1 lead when McPhillips defeated No. 84 Robinson 6-4, 6-4 on Court 2. On Court 4, Closs had breezed to a win in the first set, but opponent Alaina Miller came back to force a third and clinched the victory for the Bruins in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
The Irish end the season 14-14. Gleason will continue competing as an at-large entry at the NCAA Singles Championship held May 25-30 at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
No. 27 UCLA 4, No. 43 Notre Dame 1
1. No. 17 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. No. 49 Quinn Gleason (ND) 6-4, 6-0
2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. No. 84 Monica Robinson (ND) 6-4, 6-4
3. No. 108 Allison Miller (ND) vs. Terri Fleming (UCLA) 2-6, 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
4. Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. Mary Closs (ND) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
5. Brooke Broda (ND) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-2, 6-0
6. Jane Fennelly (ND) vs. Maia Magill (UCLA) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished
1. No. 7 Kyle McPhillips / Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. Quinn Gleason / Jane Fennelly (ND) 6-0
2. Terri Fleming / Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. Mary Closs / Julie Vrabel (ND) 6-4
3. Brooke Broda / Allison Miller (ND) def. Maia Magill / Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-2
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.