Feb. 4, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 12th-ranked Notre Dame women’s tennis squad will open up dual-match competition on Tuesday at 5 p.m. (ET) at home after three consecutive road competitions. The Irish will play host to No. 54 BYU in their first home competition of the year and dual-match season at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
Notre Dame heads into the match with a 1-2 start after falling to Michigan a week ago, 4-3. Before Michigan, the Irish lost another close match to Vanderbilt, 4-3, after starting out the dual-match season with a victory over Louisville. Notre Dame will use the home court advantage to try and get back on the winning track.
Still leading the Irish in doubles action is the pair of Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft, also leading the nation with a No. 3 ranking in collegiate action. Buck and Tefft have a 3-0 record on the season in dual action and an overall record of 14-2.
The BYU Cougars are 2-4 in dual action this season, currently on a three-match losing streak. The will enter into the match not only looking to break their streak this season, but also the two-match losing streak to the Irish. Notre Dame leads the all-time series between the two schools, 10-4, all under head coach Jay Louderback. The Irish have won eight of the last nine meetings, including last season when Notre Dame defeated BYU, 5-2.
The dual match will be a final tune-up for Notre Dame as they prepare for the ITA National Team Indoor competition starting later this week. Last season the Irish placed second at the National Team Indoor Championships and they have competed in the championship ten times since 1994.