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Women's Tennis Dominant In Doubles At Eck Classic

Nov. 10, 2001

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team won four of five doubles matches Saturday on the second day of play in the Eck Classic at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Eck Classic concludes Sunday with Notre Dame taking on Indiana at Noon. Irish players also will play a pair of singles matches against Texas A&M.

Seven different players were winners in doubles for Notre Dame on Saturday. Leading the way were senior Lindsey Green (El Cajon, Calif.), who won three matches, and sophomore Alicia Salas (Engelwood, Colo.), who remained unbeaten in two days of action at the Eck Classic. Green was victorious in singles over Texas A&M’s Marjorie Terburgh 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and won in doubles with two different partners. She combined with classmate Becky Varnum (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to beat Indiana’s Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran 8-3 after opening the day teaming with Salas for an 8-3 win over Ashley Hedberg and Roberta Spencer of Texas A&M. Salas followed that match with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Spencer, improving to 5-0 in combined play in this year’s Eck Classic.

Two other Irish players, sophomore Caylan Leslie (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior Katie Cunha (Mercer Island, Wash.), also are unbeaten in the Eck Classic, both competing only in doubles due to injuries. After sitting out Friday’s action, Cunha combined with freshman Sarah Jane Connelly (Oklahoma City, Okla.) for a 9-8 (7-5) victory over Indiana’s team of Amanda Field and Martina Grimm. Leslie won two doubles matches Friday and paired with senior Nina Vaughan (Corona del Mar, Calif.) for an 8-5 win over Robyn Bassett and Leah Killen of Texas A&M.

Junior Maggie Donohue (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and sophomore Emily Neighbours (Indianapolis, Ind.) also recorded singles wins Saturday. Neighbours downed Robyn Bassett of Texas A&M 6-3, 6-2. Donohue beat Texas A&M’s Danielle Lee 6-2, 6-3 for her first career singles victory. Donohue played for Iowa in the fall of 1999, transferred to Notre Dame prior to last season and joined the Irish as a walk-on this fall.

For the 20th time in the history of the program, Notre Dame is hosting a women’s tennis tournament. The Eck Classic, the most recent incarnation, has been held in the fall of nine of the past 10 seasons in the Eck Tennis Pavilion on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. It was changed this year from a “flight” format to a “hidden dual” format. Teams play simulated matches against each other, but there are no team scores recorded.

Eck Classic


#71 Jessica Roland (A&M) d. #48 Becky Varnum (ND) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

Lindsey Green (ND) d. Marjorie Terburgh (A&M) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Alicia Salas (ND) d. Roberta Spencer (A&M) 6-1, 6-2

Leah Killen (A&M) d. #61 Nina Vaughan (ND) 6-3, 6-4

Ashley Hedberg (A&M) d. Sarah Jane Connelly (ND) 6-4, 6-3

Emily Neighbours (ND) d. Robyn Bassett (A&M) 6-3, 6-2

Maggie Donohue (ND) d. Danielle Lee (A&M) 6-2, 6-3

Marie-Pier Pouliot (UA) d. #61 Nina Vaughan (ND) 6-1, 6-2

Perrine Pernin (UA) d. Emily Neighbours (ND) 6-0, 6-4


#30 Jessica Roland/Marjorie Terburgh (A&M) d. Sarah Jane Connelly/Becky Varnum (ND) 8-3

Lindsey Green/Alicia Salas (ND) d. Ashley Hedberg/Roberta Spencer (A&M) 8-3

Caylan Leslie/Nina Vaughan (ND) d. Robyn Bassett/Leah Killen (A&M) 8-5

#23 Lindsey Green/Becky Varnum (ND) d. Karie Schlukebir/Linda Tran (IU) 8-3

Sarah Jane Connelly/Katie Cunha (ND) d. Amanda Field/Martina Grimm (IU) 9-8 (7-5)