Women's Tennis



Robinson, Spence Snare ITA Regional Honors

Robinson named Arthur Ashe and Most Improved award winner; Spence earns top rookie honor


Jay Louderback: The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

Veteran tennis coach -- now in his 25th year directing the Notre Dame women's program -- has stressed family and team principles throughout his successful career.


No. 10 Michigan Overcomes No. 24 Irish 4-0

Notre Dame closes season with an 18-9 record


No. 24 Irish Down NC State 4-1 On Day One Of NCAA Championship

Notre Dame advances to second round to face host Michigan in Ann Arbor


No. 21 Irish Bring Home Sixth Straight BIG EAST Crown

Notre Dame has now won 13 BIG EAST Championship titles in 18 appearances


2011-12 Athletics Highlight Video

Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.


Look back at the 2011 BIG EAST Championship


Both Irish tennis teams post semifinal victories on Saturday.

The Irish women's and men's tennis teams posted impressive semifinal victories in the BIG EAST Championship.


Irish sweep by Georgetown 4-0, advance to semifinals on Saturday.

Notre Dame defeated Georgetown 4-0 in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals Friday, April 29, 2011 at Leeper Park in downtown South Bend, Indiana.


04-07-2013 Notre Dame Women's Senior Day

04-07-2013 Notre Dame Women's Senior Day


2011-12 Notre Dame Women's Tennis: A Season in Photos

Images of the Irish from throughout another BIG EAST championship season.


Notre Dame Women's Tennis vs DePaul on 3-31-2012

Notre Dame Women's Tennis vs DePaul at Notre Dame, IND. 3-31-2012.


3/2/11 Women's Tennis vs. Iowa

Notre Dame vs. Iowa on March 2, 2012 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.


Notre Dame Women's Tennis vs Indiana on February 24th,2012

Notre Dame Women's Tennis vs Indiana on February 24th, 2012 at Eck Tennis Pavilion Notre Dame, IND.

AS A SENIOR: Selected as the Midwest recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship ... named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team ... secured a 23-11 (16-9 dual) doubles mark at the primary court and a 19-10 (17-8 dual) No. 4 singles slate in final season at Notre Dame ... finished career ranked in the Irish top five in doubles wins by a team (48-18, fifth) and dual wins by a team (38-14, fourth) with primary teammate Jennifer Kellner ... embarked on a 3-1 run to the semifinals of the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championships with Kellner ... captured a 2-1 record in singles play at the adidas Hoosier Classic ... battled past Kansas State's Ana Gomez Aleman (6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)) and held off Jithme Jayawickrema from Indiana (6-3, 7-5) at the adidas Hoosier Classic ... ended the fall season with Kellner (9-7) over host Western Michigan at the WMU Super Challenge ... won first three matches during the spring, beginning with the season opening contest against Bowling Green's Mary Hill (6-3, 6-2) ... utilized all three sets to outlast Breanne Smutko from No. 24 Illinois (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) ... closed streak with a straight-set win against Megan Kurey from No. 22 Georgia Tech (7-6 (9-7), 6-4) ... swept Tennessee's Joanna Henderson (6-4, 6-1) ... closed separate three-match winning streak with highest career ranked singles triumph, outlasting No. 66 Monica Turewicz from No. 2 Duke (7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (1-7), 8-6, retired) ... victorious in final five regular season singles decisions ... began run at No. 29 Tulsa against Saana Saarteinen (6-2, 7-6 (11-9)) ... swept Marquette's Rocio Diaz (6-2, 6-2) ... earned matching straight-set wins against Skylar Kuykendall of Memphis (7-6 (7-2), 6-3) and Central Florida's Caroline Eberhart (6-2, 6-2) ... closed Irish regular season career in style with a three-set win at USF over Fanny Fracassi (6-4, 6-7, 6-3) ... downed USF's Paula Montoya (6-0, 5-7, 6-3) to help Notre Dame claim its sixth straight BIG EAST Championship ... paired off with Kellner throughout the spring in doubles matches ... pair led the 11th ranked tandem of Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White of Illinois 6-5 when the match was abandoned due to the doubles point being secured on another court ... capped off three-match win streak with an 8-5 decision against DePaul's Matea Cutura and Patricia Fargas ... closed regular season by winning final four contests, including an 8-3 tilt against No. 51 Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray (Memphis) ... twosome reached a season-high watermark of 55 in the ITA rankings entering the BIG EAST Championship ... won two of three matches at the BIG EAST Championship, downing USF's Loreto Alonso-Martin and Katie Vasenina 8-3 during the tournament final ... dropped the North Carolina State pairing of Joelle Kissel and Tatiana Illova 8-6 in the first round of the NCAA Championship.

AS A JUNIOR:Ranked fifth on the Irish in singles wins, posting a 19-14 record ...achieved a 2-0 conference record and a 14-11 effort in dual match play ... won three consecutive singles matches to close the fall slate, capped with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Mississippi State's Petra Ferancova at the Eck Tennis Classic ... opened BIG EAST singles action with a dominant 6-0, 6-1 decision over Cincinnati's Sierra Sullivan ... compiled a pair of three-match winning streaks during dual play ... claimed a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) three-set victory over Paula Montoya in a team conference win against South Florida ... emerged as a doubles specialist for the Irish, posting a team-high 28-8 record with partner Jennifer Kellner ... only one of the team's 28 wins reached a tiebreaker ... the pair enjoyed two separate seven-match winning streaks, going unbeaten from No. 20 Texas Tech to No. 14 Northwestern and No. 21 Texas A&M to the second round of the NCAA Championships against No. 12 Northwestern ... pairing closed the season with nine wins in its final 10 matches ... named to BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

AS A SOPHOMORE:Finished the year with a record of 20-15 in singles that saw her go 10-12 on the dual season in split time at No. 4 and No. 5 ... named member of BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ... earned second monogram ... climbed as high as 78th in the ITA rankings ... finished with record of 2-8 at No. 4 singles before moving to No. 5 and putting together an 8-4 ledger ... during the tour portion of the season, earned a third-place result in her flight at the Eck Tennis Classic after defeating Ohio State's Gabby Steele in the third-place match, 2-6, 7-6, 6-0 ... wins at the No. 4 spot came over Yale's Annie Sullivan (6-2, 6-2) and Indiana's Kayla Fujimoto (7-6, 6-4) ... after making move to No. 5, opened with two straight victories over Oklahoma's Maria Kalashnikova (6-1, 6-1) and Virginia's Maria Fuccillo (6-4, 6-0) ... ended year with a record of 19-13 in doubles, including 13-10 in dual competition and 6-3 during the tour campaign ... spent majority of dual slate at the No. 2 position, finishing with a mark of 13-8 in those matches (also 0-1 at both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles) ... paired primarily with Kristen Rafael during the dual season after working with Julie Sabacinski during the fall ... knocked off highest-ranked doubles opponents to date when Sabacinski and she took down No. 17 Danielle Mills and Bistra Ostashoiysila of Miami (9-8) in the quarterfinals of the Sarasota Clay Court Classic ... ended season winning eight of last 10 matches, with one match going unfinished ... finished with five straight wins, including sweeping through the BIG EAST Championship with victories over Georgetown's Lauren Greco and Victoria Sekely (8-1), Marquette's Rocio Diaz and Olga Fisher (8-6) and No. 42 South Florida's Irene Rehberger and Ecaterina Vasenina (8-6) in the championship match.

AS A FRESHMAN:Posted a record of 16-10 in singles in her first year with the Irish program, including going 16-9 during the dual season as the team's No. 3 ... opened season competing at the Wildcat Invitational, before getting her dual campaign underway with a victory over Iowa's Zuzana Chmelarova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 ... reeled off wins in eight of her first nine matches on the dual slate, including a crucial three-set victory over Rika Tatsuno of Michigan (7-6, 5-7, 6-0) to help preserve the team's 4-3 win over the Wolverines ... defeated her first nationally-ranked opponent against Northwestern, knocking off No. 108 Kate Turvy in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) ... teamed primarily with Kristen Rafael during the dual season in doubles, registering a record of 10-2 (10-5 overall) ... earned 10 straight victories as a team, beginning with a win over Anik Cepeda and Carmen Pop of William and Mary, 8-3, and running through the NCAA round of 16 where they knocked off California's team of Annie Goransson and Tayler Davis, 8-4 ... named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, marking the second consecutive year an Irish player earned that distinction (Kristy Frilling - `09), as well as being chosen as the ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year ... also chosen to the all-BIG EAST team ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL:Nine-time letterwinner in tennis (two), volleyball (three), basketball (two) and golf (two) at Bettendorf ... top-ranked tennis recruit in the state of Iowa ... rated 32nd nationally in the 2009 recruiting class by tennisrecruiting.net ... did not play for high school team as a junior or senior ... went undefeated as a freshman and sophomore ... regional, conference and state champion during two years with Bettendorf ... named Quad City Athlete of the Year by the Quad City Times ... golf state qualifier as a junior and senior ... named the volleyball MAC Player of the Year ... selected for the senior all-state volleyball tournament and Iowa-Illinois Basketball Shootout ... named MVP of the senior all-state basketball game ... set records for assists, digs and aces at Bettendorf ... named a volleyball All-State Academic Scholar ... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council and National Honor Society ... daughter of Bill and Barb McGaffigan ... youngest of four children ... sister, Jenny, played tennis at Illinois ... sister, Katie, played tennis at Wisconsin ... sister, Laura, played tennis at Indiana ... father played tennis and hockey at Catholic University ... mother played tennis and was a swimmer at Catholic ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing.

Chrissie McGaffigan
Chrissie  McGaffigan

Davenport, IA

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