Dec. 11, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former University of Notre Dame women’s tennis standout Monica Robinson scored the first professional tennis win of her career Sunday, claiming ITF Digicall Futures doubles tournament title at the Maties Tennis Club in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Robinson (’17), competing with fellow American Zoe Gwen Scandalis (USC ’15), defeated both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to the title. The pair opened with a win over No. 2 seed Anastasia Pribylova and Anna Pribylova of Russia and upended No. 1 seeded Petra Januskova (Canada) and Madeleine Kobelt (USA) in the championship match.
The former Irish captain, who is currently serving in the volunteer assistant role on the women’s tennis staff at Texas Tech, won in 134 combined singles and doubles matches in her four years at Notre Dame, including a 73-48 record in singles. She has ranked as high as No. 10 nationally in doubles, qualifying for the 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship while being named to the All-ACC Third Team that same season. In 2017, she was honored as an All-ACC Second Team selection, as well as the ITA’s Most Improved Player for the Midwest Region.
In May, Robinson was named a recipient of the Byron V. Kanaley Award and Francis Patrick O’Connor Award, two of Notre Dame’s highest athletics honors, and became Notre Dame’s first female winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.
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 men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.