Oct. 21, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team returns to action this weekend as the Irish vie for slots in November’s USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships when they compete at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships at the Varsity Tennis Center at the University of Michigan.
Here is everything you need to know as the Irish get set to compete in Ann Arbor:
Midwest Regional Format
The ITA Midwest Regional Championships will consist of both singles and doubles draws, with three rounds of singles qualifying. Qualifying will take plays Thursday and Friday, while the main singles and doubles draws will continue through the weekend, with the doubles championship taking place Monday, October 26, and the singles championship occurring on Tuesday, October 27. Winners will earn a qualifying bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships next month at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.
Both senior Quinn Gleason and junior Monica Robinson enter the 2015-16 season ranked in the 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.
Irish In The Hunt
Notre Dame is one of 25 schools sending representatives to the tournament, with four Irish entered in the main singles draw and an additional qualifying participant. Quinn Gleason will be the second-highest ranked singles player in the field at No. 93, while junior Mary Closs and sophomores Brooke Broda and Allison Miller will also compete. Freshman Rachel Chong will kick things off at 8 a.m. on Thursday in qualifying play against Western Michigan’s Katja Favralev.
Off On The Right Foot
Irish sophomore Brooke Broda kicked off her collegiate career with a bang three weeks ago, recording three straight wins in round-robin play at the Purdue Fall Invitational. Broda, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, notched all three victories in straight sets.
Joanne Norell, Athletics Communications Assistant