2009 Notre Dame Duals, Day 1

The Notre Dame fencing team during day one of the Notre Dame Duals on February 7 at the Joyce Center.


2/9 Notre Dame Duals

The Notre Dame fencing team faces off against others at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.

Walk-on addition to the epee squad who has quickly learned and executed bouting techniques ... a prep basketball player with good quickness on the strip ... member of the First Year Studies Academic Committee and University Affairs Academic Committee at Notre Dame.

AS A SENIOR: Capped off her senior season with a 28-12 record ... competed with the epee in every match of the year ... team was 19-0 when Rosa competed in the match ... went 1-2 in first match of the season against NYU (Jan. 23) ... sported a 15-6 record at the Northwestern Duals including perfect records against Fairleigh Dickinson, Cal Tech, Lawrence and Detroit (Jan. 30-31) ... compiled a 12-3 mark in the only home dual of the season, the Notre Dame Duals (Feb. 6) ... placed 21st at the Midwest Championships ... advanced out of the Round of 64 with an impressive 15-7 victory over Sally Witt of Wayne State before falling to Amanda Cantlin of Chicago in the round of 32 in a close bout, 15-13 ... placed 10th at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, knocking off Tasha Domashovetz of Ohio State in the plate semifinals, 15-10, before losing to Elyse Gurnowski of Ohio State in the ninth-place bout, 15-10.

AS A JUNIOR: Ended the season with a 30-7 regular season record ... went 11-2 at the Northwestern Duals, including 3-0 marks against both Fairleigh Dickinson and Lawrence ... finished 18-4 at the Notre Dame Duals, including a 3-0 record versus Detroit ... registered her 50th career win at the Notre Dame Duals ... finished in 20th place at the Midwest Conference Championships ... her lone win in the direct elimination round of the tournament came against Purdue's Brittany Melton, 15-10, in the round of 64.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Posted a 23-44 record in her first year of collegiate competition ... her 23 wins were the fourth-most on the women's epee squad ... finished in 14th at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... entered the regional as the 19th seed ... posted a 1-4 record in pool play to advance to the elimination rounds as the 14th seed ... eliminated by Ohio State's Elyse Gurnowski (15-7) ... went 13-14 at the Notre Dame Duals.

PREP & PERSONAL: Lettered three seasons as a point guard on the Eastwood High School basketball team ... two-year team captain who earned all-city and all-district honors as a junior, when she averaged 12.1 points and 3.0 steals per game ... helped team earn #4 ranking in state of Texas (also district and bi-district champs) during her sophomore season ... slowed by ACL knee injury as a senior... also played some volleyball in her prep career and competed in several other sports (soccer, softball and track) as a youth ... has participated in widespread volunteer work while receiving the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award (equivalent of the Eagle Scout) ... her cousin Ricky Amezaga was a starting receiver for the Air Force football team in the late 1990s ... born June 9, 1988, in El Paso, Texas ... daughter of Hisa and Irma Rosa ... full name is Vanessa Annette Rosa ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in accounting.

Rosa's Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2008 23 44 .343 --
2009 30 7 .811 --
2010 28 12 .700 --
Career 81 63 .563 --

Vanessa Rosa
Vanessa  Rosa


El Paso, TX

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