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    May 12, 1998

    NCAA Championships History

    The Notre Dame women's tennis team has a long tradition of postseason play. During the 1980-81 season, the Irish appeared in the national AIAW team tournament and have been a factor on the national scene ever since.

    In 1982, Laura Lee won the AIAW national singles championship and the Irish finished sixth in the national tournament.

    Notre Dame finished second at the NCAA Division II tournament in 1985 and was third in '83 and '84.

    During the 1985-86 season, the Notre Dame program was elevated to Division I status and the team has advanced to the team portion of the NCAA Championship four of the past five seasons, taking part in NCAA regional play in '96-'97. In 1993, Notre Dame made its first-ever trip to the NCAAs and defeated Alabama in the first round before losing to Stanford in the round of 16, while the 1994 tournament saw the Irish defeat California-Santa Barbara in the first round before again falling to Stanford in the round of 16. The 1996 season saw the Irish advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament with a win over BYU before losing to Stanford in the quarterfinals. The '97 Irish advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

    Notre Dame has sent at least one performer to the NCAA singles tournament since 1989 and in 1992 Melissa Harris became the first Irish player to win a match in the NCAAs. Notre Dame sent two players to the tournament for the first time in '94 in Wendy Crabtree and Holyn Lord. Crabtree was a seeded player in the tournament and earned All-America honors.

    In doubles play, Crabtree and Lisa Tholen made history when they became the first Irish duo to play in the NCAAs in 1993 and in 1994 they advanced to the round of eight to earn All-America honors.

    In 1995, Crabtree played in the singles tournament and earned All-America honors, based on her final Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking, while she played doubles in the NCAA with Lord.

    The 1996 season saw Jennifer Hall win two matches in the singles tournament to claim All-America honors while Crabtree and Lord again played in the doubles tournament. In '96-'97, Hall advanced to the second round of singles and doubles, along with Tiffany Gates.

    Notre Dame in NCAA Division I Championship Play
    1997 -- Notre Dame, Ind.
    Midwest Regional
    First Round - May 9, 1997 -- Notre Dame 5, Illinois 3

    Singles

    Jennifer Hall (ND) def. Susanne Land, 6-2, 6-1; Marisa Velasco (ND) def. Stacy Schapiro, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Tiffany Gates (ND) def. Kara Loffelmacher, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; Kelly Zalinski (ND) def. Allison Gottlieb, 6-0, 6-1; Jessica Klapper (I) def. Kelley Olson, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2; Lindsey Bruce (I) def. Darcie Sweet, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.

    Doubles

    Klapper and Land (I) def. Gates and Sarah Scaringe, 8-1; Velasco and Zalinski (ND) def. Bruce and Gottlieb, 8-3; Courtney Haskell and Olson (ND) vs. Schapiro and Loffelmacher, susp.

    Semifinal -- May 10, 1997 -- Wisconsin 5, Notre Dame 2

    Singles

    Melissa Zimpfer (W) def. Jennifer Hall, 6-2, 6-1; Marisa Velasco (ND) def. Barbara Urbanska, 6-3, 6-4; Tiffany Gates (ND) def. Colleen Lucye, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1; Tracy Zobrist (W) def. Kelly Zalinski, 6-4, 7-5; Andrea Nathan (W) def. Kelley Olson, 6-1, 6-3; Roz Sweeney (W) def. Darcie Sweet, 6-2, 6-4.

    Doubles

    Gates and Hall (N) vs. Lucey and Zimpfer, did not start; Velasco and Zalinski (N) vs. Nathan and Zobrist, susp.; Urbanska and Woods (W) def. Courtney Haskell and Olson, 8-1.

    Stanford, Calif.
    Singles Tournament

    First Round

    Jennifer Hall (ND) def. Lauren Nikolaus, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (5).

    Second Round

    M.C. White (Florida) def. Hall, 6-2, 6-2.

    Doubles Tournament
    First Round

    Hall and Tiffany Gates (ND) def. Kim Schiff and Anne Plessingler (Vanderbilt), 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.

    Second Round

    Courtney Chapman and Agnes Muzamel (Mississippi) def. Hall and Gates, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

    1996 -- Tallahasse, Fla.
    Team Tournament

    First Round - May 18, 1996 -- Notre Dame 5, BYU 0 Singles

    Jennifer Hall (ND) def. Eline Chiew, 6-4, 6-2; Holyn Lord (ND) def. Jennifer Saret, 6-0, 6-3; Wendy Crabtree (ND) def. Angela Jewell, 6-1, 6-2; Marisa Velasco (ND) vs. Adrien Alder, susp.; Erin Gowen (ND) def. Anna Bek, 6-2, 6-2; Molly Gavin (ND) def. Michelle Domanico, 6-3, 6-0.

    Quarterfinal -- May 19, 1996 -- Stanford 5, Notre Dame 1 Singles

    Ania Bleszynski (S) def. Jennifer Hall, 6-3, 7-5; Holyn Lord (ND) def. Katie Schlukebir, 6-3, 6-4; Sandra DeSilva (S) def. Wendy Crabtree, 6-4, 6-0; Kim Shasby (S) def. Marisa Velasco, 6-4, 6-4; Julie Scott (S) def. Erin Gowen, 6-2, 6-2; Amy Chiminello (S) def. Molly Gavin, 6-3, 6-0.

    Singles Tournament
    First Round
    Jennifer Hall (ND) def. Karen Goldstein (Arizona), 7-5, 6-3.
    Second Round
    Hall def. Michelle Anderson (Georgia), 6-4, 6-4
    Third Round
    Jill Craybas (Florida) def. Hall, 6-1, 6-1.
    

    Doubles Tournament
    First Round

    Dawn Buth and Stephanie Nickitas (Florida) def. Wendy Crabtree and Holyn Lord (ND), 6-1, 6-2.

    1995 -- Malibu, Calif.
    Singles Tournament
    First Round
    Wendy Crabtree (ND) def. Nora Koves (Kansas), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
    Second Round
    Kori Davidson (Arizona State) def. Crabtree, 6-3, 6-4.
    Doubles Tournament
    First Round
    Wendy Crabtree and Holyn Lord (ND) def. Alison Cohen and Jen Fiers (Virginia), 7-5, 6-4.
    Second Round
    Keri Phebus and Susie Starrett (UCLA) def. Crabtree and Lord, 6-4, 6-3.
    

    1994 -- Athens, Ga.
    Team Tournament
    First Round - May 13, 1994 -- Notre Dame 5, UC Santa Barbara 3

    Singles

    Wendy Crabtree (ND) def. Jean Okada, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4; Lynn Coakley (SB) def. Holyn Lord, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0; Laura Rutledge (SB) def. Laura Schwab, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), Sherri Vitale (ND) def. Kathy Peterson, 6-1, 6-1; Amelia White (SB) def. Christy Faustmann, 6-0, 6-1; Lisa Tholen (ND) def. Kelly Spencer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

    Doubles

    Crabtree and Tholen (ND) def. Okada and Peterson, 6-4, 6-4; Faustmann and Lord (ND) def. Spencer and White, 6-2, 7-6 (4); Schwab and S. Vitale vs. Coakley and Rutledge, susp.

    Second Round - May 14, 1994 -- Stanford 5, Notre Dame 1
    Singles

    Wendy Crabtree (ND) def. Laxmi Poruri, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3; Kristine Kurth (S) def. Holyn Lord, 6-2, 6-2; Katie Schlukebir (S) def. Laura Schwab, 6-1, 6-4; Sandra DeSilva (S) def. Sherri Vitale, 6-0, 6-2; Kim Shasby (S) def. Christy Faustmann, 6-2, 6-2; Wendy Sacks (S) def. Lisa Tholen, 6-4, 6-0.

    Singles Tournament
    First Round
    Holyn Lord def. Jean Okada (Cal-Santa Barbara), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5); Keri Phebus (UCLA) def. Wendy Crabtree, 6-3, 6-1.
    Second Round
    Jana Strnadova (Syracuse) def. Lord, 6-3, 6-3.
    Doubles Tournament
    First Round
    Wendy Crabtree and Lisa Tholen (ND) def. Michelle Oldham and Celine Verdier (Arizona), 6-3, 6-4.
    Second Round
    Crabtree and Tholen (ND) def. Jane Chi and Jenny Hilt (UCLA), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 5).
    Quarterfinal
    Marie-Laure Bougnol and Pascale Piquemal (Mississippi) def. Crabtree and Tholen, 6-2, 6-3.
    

    1993 -- Gainesville, Fla.
    First Round - May 12, 1993 -- Notre Dame 5, Alabama 0

    Singles

    Wendy Crabtree (ND) def. Jenny Whalen, 7-5, 6-1; Sherri Vitale (ND) vs. Titia Wilmink, susp.; Christy Faustmann (ND) def. Lori Smith, 6-4, 6-2; Lisa Tholen (ND) def. Marouschka Van Dijk, 6-4, 6-0; Holyn Lord (ND) def. Amy Mascotti, 6-0, 6-2; Laura Schwab (ND) def. Chrissie Carter, 6-4, 6-2.

    Second Round - May 13, 1993 -- Stanford 5, Notre Dame 0
    Singles

    Laxmi Poruri (S) def. Wendy Crabtree, 6-3, 7-5; Heather Willens (S) def. Sherri Vitale, 6-2, 6-1; Kim Shasby (S) def. Christy Faustmann, 6-2, 6-4; Kristine Kurth (S) def. Lisa Tholen, 6-1, 7-5; Beth Burris (S) vs. Holyn Lord, susp.; Amy Chiminello (S) def. Laura Schwab, 6-4, 6-3.

    Singles Tournament
    First Round
    Wendy Crabtree (ND) def. Kim Shasby (Stanford), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4.
    Second Round
    Jackie Moe (Texas) def. Crabtree, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
    Doubles Tournament
    First Round
    Marie-Laure Bougnol and Pascale Piquemal (Mississippi) def. Wendy Crabtree and Lisa Tholen (ND), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
    
    1992 - Palo Alto, Calif.
    Singles Tournament
    First Round
    Erica deLone (Harvard) def. Melissa Harris (ND), 6-4, 6-4.
    

    1991 - Palo Alto, Calif.
    Singles Tournament
    First Round

    Melissa Harris (ND) def. Lindsay Matthews (Northwestern), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Debbie Graham (Stanford) def. Tracy Barton (ND), 6-3, 6-2.

    Second Round
    Andrea Farley (Florida) def. Harris, 6-0, 6-1.
    1990 - Gainesville, Fla.
    Singles Tournament
    First Round
    Mariette Verbruggen (Miami, Fla.) def. Tracy Barton (ND), 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
    1989 - Gainesville, Fla.
    Singles Tournament
    First Round
    Katy Tittle (Stanford) def. CeCe Cahill (ND), 7-6 (3), 6-3.
    
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