Jan. 13, 2000

KAHUKU, Hawaii — The 18th-ranked Notre Dame women’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season as fourth-ranked Duke won five of six singles matches before rained cancelled the doubles competition on Thursday in Kahuku, Hawaii. The Blue Devils used straight-set wins at Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 singles and a three-set victory at No. 1 singles to win their season opener. The Irish, who beat Hawaii 9-0 on Tuesday, fall to 1-1 with the loss and will continue their season-opening trip to Hawaii when they play 23rd-ranked Washington on Friday.

Sophomore Lindsey Green won the only match for the Irish with a 6-2, 6-0 decision over 97th-ranked Brooke Siebel at No. 5 singles. Green and senior Kelly Zalinski were leading Katie Granson and Kathy Sell 7-6 at No. 3 doubles when the rains came.

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No. 1: #17 Meghan Miller (D) def. #42 Michelle Dasso (ND) 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4

No. 2: Erica Biro (D) def. #101 Becky Varnum (ND) 6-1, 7-5

No. 3: #31 Kathy Sell (D) def. Kelly Zalinski (ND) 6-3, 6-1

No. 4: Hillary Adams (D) def. Nina Vaughan (ND) 7-5, 6-4

No. 5: Lindsey Green (ND) def. #97 Brooke Siebel (D) 6-2, 6-0

No. 6: Iona Plesu (D) def. Kimberly Guy (ND) def. 6-4, 7-6


No. 1: #10 Dasso/Varnum (ND) vs. #25 Biro/Siebel (D) cancelled

No. 2: #15 Katie Cunha/Guy (ND) vs. Adams/Miller (D) cancelled

No. 3: Green/Zalinski (ND) vs. Katie Granson/Sell (D) 7-6, abandoned