Feb. 27, 1997

No. 11 Irish Nip No. 10 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisc. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennisteam, ranked No. 11 in the country, won an important Midwestregion match on Thursday afternoon as is defeated No.10-rankedWisconsin by a 5-4 score.

Notre Dame won four of six singles matches, paced by sophomoreMarisa Velasco at No. 2 and senior Tiffany Gates, at No. 3, butthe Badgers tied the match at 4-4 by winning the top two doublesmatches.

The Irish tandem of Courtney Haskell and Kelley Olson came throughfor the Irish at No. 3 doubles to post an 8-6 victory and give theIrish the win. Other singles winners for Notre Dame were KellyZalinski at No. 4 and Olson at No. 5.

Notre Dame improves to 7-3 overall while the Badgers fall to 6-4.

SinglesMelissa Zimpfer (W) def. Jennifer Hall, 6-2, 7-5Marisa Velasco (N)  def. Barbara Urbanska, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4Tiffany Gates (N)   def. Tracy Zobrist, 6-4, 6-4Kelly Zalinski (N)  def. Colleen Lucey, 6-1, 6-0Kelley Olson (N)    def. Andrea Nathan, 1-6, 7-6 (5), ret.Roz Sweeney (W)     def. Darcie Sweet, 6-1, 6-0DoublesZimpfer and Lucey (W)           def. Gates and Hall, 8-4Urbanska and Zorbrist (W)       def. Velasco and Zalinksi, 8-6Courtney Haskell and Olson (N)  def. Dena Baritot and Julie Woods, 8-6