Head coach Jay Louderback and the Irish will make their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend.

Irish Women's Tennis Signs Three Student-Athletes to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 19, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Women’s tennis head coach Jay Louderback has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at Notre Dame.

The three signees include Britney Sanders of Ontario, Calif., Jennifer Kellner of Smithtown, N.Y., and Julie Sabacinski of Plantation Fla.,

“This class brings a great amount of national experience,” Louderback said. “They are all three very good doubles players along with bringing different singles games. We are very excited to have signed such a great class.”

Sanders is currently ranked 28th by tennisrecruiting.net and was a 2009 Spring National Doubles Finalist with Sabacinski. Ranked as a high as 17th nationally, Sanders, a senior at Ontario Christian High School, is considered the fourth-best player in California.

“Britney hits the ball hard and plays an aggressive game which should make the transition to the collegiate level a smooth one,” Louderback said.

Kellner, a senior at Hauppaige High School in Smithtown, is currently the 30th-ranked player by tennisrecruiting.net. The 2008 National Open Singles Champion, Kellner is considered the second-best recruit in the state of New York.

“Jennifer is a very consistent player with the ability to play a bigger game,” Louderback said. “She always seems to hit the right shot at all times.”

Currently ranked 53rd by tennisrecruiting.net, Sabacinski was the 2008 National Open Doubles Champion and was a finalist with Sanders at the 2009 Spring National Doubles. A senior at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Sabacinski has been ranked as high as 17th nationally and captured the 2008 high school state championship in Florida.

“Julie plays an all-court game,” Louderback said. “She has shown her toughness playing the past year with an injury.”

Louderback and the Irish begin the 2010 dual season Jan. 23 at Iowa.