Oct. 2, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team kicked off the season at the Purdue Fall Invitational on Friday, with the Irish experience success in both doubles and singles play at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Junior Mary Closs and sophomore Allison Miller kicked off the day with an impressive run through the doubles bracket, advancing to Saturday’s doubles semifinal. Close and Miller received a firstÂround bye, then defeated Mississippi State’s Madison Harrison and Caroline Kelly, 6Â3, and Purdue’s Andjela Djokovic and Nicole Robinson in a tiebreaker, 7Â6(3). They will play Mississippi State’s Georgiana Petrasc and Anastasia Rentouli at 9a.m. ET tomorrow.
Sophomore Brooke Broda and freshman Rachel Chong also posted a doubles win in a 6Â-2 victory over Nastia Vasukhina and Neli Ponomareva from Miami (Ohio) in the Round of 16 after receiving a firstÂround bye. The pair fell to Illinois’ Louise Kwong and Ines Vias in the quarterfinal, but will play Michigan State’s Athena Troulliot and Davina Nguyen in consolation play on Saturday.
In singles, Miller upended Purdue’s Deborah Suarez, 6Â4, 6Â1 in the Black Draw, while senior Alaina Roberts beat Michigan State’s Emmy Virus, 6Â0, 6Â4 in the John Wooden Draw. Chong and Broda notched their first career collegiate singles wins – both against Miami (Ohio) opponents – as Chong recorded a 6Â3, 6Â2 victory over Andrea Badileanu, and Broda defeated Neli Ponomareva, 6Â2, 7Â6(3).
The Irish will return to action a 9 a.m. ET at Purdue, while play will begin with the pre- qualifying singles rounds at the Riviera/ITA AllÂAmerican Championships in Pacific Palisades, California, in which junior Monica Robinson will compete. Robinson will face TCU’s Mia King in the first round at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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Purdue Fall Invitational
October 2Â4, 2015
Schwartz Tennis Center
West Lafayette, Ind.
Riviera/ITA AllÂAmerican Championships
Oct. 3Â11, 2015
Riviera Tennis Club
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Monica Robinson (ND) vs. Mia King (TCU)