Jan. 26, 2018
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis program will return to the court Saturday when the Irish welcome Eastern Illinois to the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
On The Panthers
Eastern Illinois has started the season 0-2, with losses to Illinois State and Illinois to start the season. The Panthers reached the semi-final of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament last spring after a 14-9 season and are picked to finish third in the conference this season.
The Irish and Panthers will meet for the first time in over 35 years. Their last previous meeting came on Sept. 11, 1982, when the then-Division II Irish prevailed 8-1 under coach Sharon Petro. It is the only previous meeting in the series.
Last Time Out
The Irish swept to their 15th consecutive season-opening victory on Tuesday, defeating Western Michigan 7-0 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Irish won all three doubles matches before going on to win all but one singles match in straight sets. Freshmen Cameron Corse (singles, doubles), Caroline Dunleavy (singles) and Ally Bojczuk (doubles) made their first career starts in an Irish dual match, all going undefeated.
Keeping Up With The Irish
All indoor home matches will be streamed live on WatchND. Live scoring will be available for all home tennis matches at UND.com. Live match updates will also be shared on the team’s Twitter account, @NDWomensTennis.
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 men’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to assisting with football communications and overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.