Mary Closs scored Notre Dame's lone singles point over Stanford with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Krista Hardebeck.

No. 19 Notre Dame Falls To 8th-ranked Stanford For Second Loss

Feb. 6, 2015


NOTRE DAME, Ind. —The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team faced a top 20 matchup with Stanford on Friday night, but encountered its second lost of the season in a 6-1 decision at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

The 19th-ranked Irish fell to the eighth-ranked Cardinal in the doubles portion of the night with the only doubles win for the Irish on Court 3 by Mary Closs and Jane Fennelly, who defeated Krista Hardebeck and Lindsey Kostas, 6-3. It was No. 12 Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay on Court 2 who clinched the doubles point for Stanford with a 7-6 (4) win to defeat Notre Dame’s Julie Vrabel and Allie Miller. Sixth-ranked doubles pair Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao also had a win for the Cardinal on Court 1 to defeat No. 16 Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson, 6-4.

The only Irish singles win came from Closs, who defeated Hardebeck in the No. 4 slot, 6-2, 7-5. Stanford took wins on Court 5, Court 1 and Court 3 to seal the victory over the Irish. At the No. 5 slot, Tsay defeated Miller, 6-4, 6-1. After losing the first set, fourth-ranked Zhao came back to defeat Gleason, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1. No. 13 Doyle sealed the win for the Cardinal on Court 3 defeating Vrabel in three sets, as well, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

After sealing the victory with three singles wins, Stanford also saw a win on Court 2 as No. 12 Davidson defeated Robinson, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The final match concluded on Court 6 with a 7-5, 7-5 win by Kostas to Jane Fennelly.

The Irish return to action at 2 p.m. ET Sunday when they welcome No. 31 Ohio State to the Eck Tennis Pavilion. For the latest news and notes, be sure to follow the team on Twitter, @NDWomensTennis, and like Notre Dame Women’s Tennis on Facebook.

No. 8 Stanford 6, No. 19 Notre Dame 1


1. No. 4 Carol Zhao (STAN) def. Quinn Gleason (ND), 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

2. No. 12 Taylor Davidson (STAN) def. Monica Robinson (ND), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

3. No. 13 Caroline Doyle (STAN) def. Julie Vrabel (ND), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

4. Mary Closs (ND) def. Krista Hardebeck (STAN), 6-2, 7-5

5. Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. Allie Miller (ND), 6-4, 6-1

6. Lindsay Kostas (STAN) def. Jane Fennelly (ND), 7-5, 7-5


1. No. 6 Taylor Davidson / Carol Zhao (STAN) def. No. 16 Quinn Gleason / Monica Robinson (ND), 6-4

2. No. 12 Caroline Doyle / Ellen Tsay (STAN) def. Julie Vrabel / Allie Miller (ND), 7-6(4)

3. Mary Closs / Jane Fennelly (ND) def. Krista Hardebeck / Lindsey Kostas (STAN), 6-3