March 21, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team lost to Virginia today, 6-1. The Irish are now 8-7 on the season.
“We have to make fewer errors,” explained head coach Jay Louderback. “We give away too many free points. Our doubles are continuing to improve which will be a key factor in the post-season.”
The No. 1 doubles team of senior Britney Sanders and sophomore Quinn Gleason continued their streak of strong play with a win over 19th-ranked Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson, 8-1. However, Notre Dame’s other two teams fell to their Cavalier opponents, and the Irish lost out on the doubles point to begin the match.
Virginia nearly made a sweep of the Irish in singles matches, with only sophomore Julie Vrabel claiming a victory. She beat Li Xi in a tiebreaker after splitting sets, 6-3, 3-6, (11-9). Both Sanders and freshman Monica Robinson also took their matches to third-set tiebreakers but were not able to pull them out.
Notre Dame will have to rebound quickly, as they travel to play North Carolina on Sunday at 12 p.m.
–Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant