Senior Quinn Gleason

Irish Insights: Fall Tourneys Begin

Oct. 1, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team will kick off the fall season in earnest this weekend as the team splits time between the Purdue Fall Invitational and the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.

Below is all you you need to know as the Fighting Irish commence the 2015-16 campaign:

WHAT: Purdue Fall Invitational
WHO: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Purdue
WHERE: Schwartz Tennis Center – West Lafayette, Indiana
WHEN: October 2-4, 2015
TWITTER: @NDWomensTennis | @PurdueWT

WHAT: Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
WHO: Top Division I women’s tennis players
WHERE: Riviera Tennis Club – Pacific Palisades, California
WHEN: October 3-11, 2015
TWITTER: @NDWomensTennis | @ITAtennis

Previewing Purdue
A majority of the the Irish squad will head to West Lafayette to compete at the Purdue Fall Invitational Friday through Sunday. Notre Dame will be one of 10 teams competing at the Schwartz Tennis Center, the first tournament for the Irish of the fall season.

All-American Caliber
Two Irish players will have the opportunity to compete at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California, beginning Saturday and continuing throughout the week until Sunday, October 11. Senior Quinn Gleason will compete in the qualifying singles round for a chance to play in the main draw, while also playing in the doubles main draw with junior Monica Robinson. Robinson will also play in the pre-qualifying singles draw, beginning Saturday.

Rankings Update
Both Gleason and Robinson enter the 2015-16 season ranked in both Oracle/ITA singles and doubles preseason polls. The pair come in at No. 10 in the doubles rankings after posting a 22-9 overall record last season, including a 14-6 mark in dual play and a bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship last spring. In singles, Gleason enters the season at No. 93 having recorded a 13-13 mark in the No. 1 singles spot last season, while Robinson comes in tied for 114th with a 16-14 overall record in 2014-15. Both student-athletes were honored by the ACC last season, with Gleason earning second team all-conference honors and Robinson being named to the league’s third team.

Slated For Success
The Irish released their 2015-16 schedule on Tuesday, with seven fall tournaments and 24 dual matches highlighting the 2015-16 season. Of the 24 head-to-head match-ups during the spring season, 15 Irish opponents ended last season ranked within the Oracle/ITA top 75.

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