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Irish Open Season Strong At Wildcat Invite

Sept. 30, 2016

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By Joanne Norell

EVANSTON, Ill. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team posted a strong first day of fall competition Friday, going 7-3 in singles and 2-2 in doubles at the Wildcat Invitational at Northwestern University.

Due to inclement weather matches were played both indoors and outdoors. Singles matches in the Purple and Green draws were played outdoors at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center, while Red and White singles matches were played inside at the Combe Tennis Center. All doubles matches were played indoors.

No. 63-ranked senior Monica Robinson, 78th-ranked junior Allison Miller and 112th-ranked junior Brooke Broda each won Purple Draw singles matches, while freshman Zoe Spence (Green), sophomore Rachel Chong (Green), senior Mary Closs (White) and freshman Bess Waldram (White) also won singles matches for the Irish.

In doubles, 48th-ranked duo Robinson and Broda, as well as Closs and Waldram, each won doubles matches in the A Draw.

The Irish will be back in action at 10 a.m. ET Saturday as competition continues.

Wildcat Invitational
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016
Combe Tennis Center | Vandy Christie Tennis Center
Purple Draw
No. 63 Monica Robinson (ND) def. Lexi Baylis (MSU), 6-4, 6-0
No. 78 Allison Miller (ND) def. No. 121 Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT), 6-3, 6-1
No. 112 Brooke Broda (ND) def. Maria Avgerinos (WIS), 6-4, 6-0
Green Draw
Zoe Spence (ND) def. Zoe Douglas (IOWA), 6-2, 7-6(1)
Rachel Chong (ND) def. Melissa Pick (WIS), 6-2, 6-2
Gabriela Rezende (PITT) def. Jane Fennelly (ND), 6-4, 6-4
White Draw
Mary Closs (ND) def. Oana Mancel (UIC), 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
Bess Waldram (ND) def. Christina Zordani (WIS), 6-3, 6-2
Red Draw
Taylor Tamblyn (IOWA) def. Hayden Siegfried (ND), 6-4, 6-2
Millica Novakovic (UK) def. Kema Tuchescherer (ND), 6-0, 6-0
Jeannie Nash (ND), bye
A Draw
No. 48 Brooke Broda / Monica Robinson (ND) def. Athena Truilloit / Samantha Memije (MSU), 6-4
Mary Closs / Bess Waldram (ND) def. Ani Gogvadze / Maria Paula Ribero (EMU), 6-1
Emily Fanning / Akvile Parazinskaite (UK) def. Zoe Spence / Allison Miller (ND), 6-3
B Draw
Marina Cozac / Aspasia Avgeri (DEP) def. Jeannie Nash / Hayden Siegfried (ND), 6-1
Rachel Chong / Jane Fennelly (ND), bye

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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.