Zoe Spence, who has won 11 consecutive matches, leads the Irish in overall victories (15-4) and improved to 10-0 in duals.

Irish Win Third Straight With 5-2 Victory Over Louisville

Feb. 19, 2017

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By Joanne Norell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team won its third straight match Sunday and remained undefeated on the road in a 5-2 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference foe Louisville at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

How It Happened

Louisville (8-2, 0-1 ACC) won the doubles point with victories on Courts 1 and 3.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead as Tiffany Huber defeated senior Jane Fennelly 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 slot. The Irish (6-1, 2-0 ACC) tied the match, however, with the next two decisions. Closs upended Rodriguez 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot, while senior Monica Robinson remained undefeated with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Aleksandra Mally at the No. 1 position.

Sophomore Rachel Chong put the Irish ahead with a 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Olivia Boesing at No. 6. Miller clinched the win for Notre Dame with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Mariana Humberg on Court 2. Rounding out the scoring was freshman Zoe Spence, who improved to 7-0 on the season with a 6-7(8), 6-4, 11-9 win over Abbie Pahz.

Up Next

The Irish will begin a five-match homestand this week when they welcome Purdue for a midweek matchup at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.


Notre Dame 5, Louisville 2
February 19, 2017
Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
1. Monica Robinson (ND) def. Aleksandra Mally (UL) 6-3, 6-2
2. Allison Miller (ND) def. Mariana Humberg (UL) 7-5, 7-5
3. Zoe Spence (ND) def. Abbie Pahz (UL) 6-7(8), 6-4, 11-9
4. Tiffany Huber (UL) def. Jane Fennelly (ND) 6-2, 6-2
5. Mary Closs ND) def. Ariana Rodriguez (UL) 6-2, 6-2
6. Rachel Chong (ND) def. Olivia Boesing (UL) 7-6(2), 6-2
1. Mariana Humberg / Abbie Pahz (UL) def. Jane Fennelly / Monica Robinson (ND) 6-2
2. Mary Closs / Allison Miller (ND) def. Jessie Paul / Ariana Rodriguez (UL) 4-5, unfinished3. Olivia Boesing / Tiffany Huber (UL) def. Rachel Chong / Zoe Spence (ND) 6-3

— ND —

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.