ACC competition offers perfect conditioning for postseason success
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.
Notre Dame close opening weekend tournaments at Michigan, Ball State
Notre Dame wraps up second day of play in Ann Arbor
Notre Dame finds winning ways on day one in Michigan
The Irish women's and men's tennis teams posted impressive semifinal victories in the BIG EAST Championship.
Notre Dame defeated Georgetown 4-0 in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals Friday, April 29, 2011 at Leeper Park in downtown South Bend, Indiana.
Images of the Irish from throughout another BIG EAST championship season.
Notre Dame Women's Tennis vs DePaul at Notre Dame, IND. 3-31-2012.
Notre Dame vs. Iowa on March 2, 2012 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
Notre Dame Women's Tennis vs Indiana on February 24th, 2012 at Eck Tennis Pavilion Notre Dame, IND.
Women's Tennis defeated Illinois 4 to 3 in the Eck Tennis Pavilion on February 19th.
AS A SENIOR:In final collegiate campaign, had a 7-4 singles record (3-1 dual) as well as a 17-16 doubles mark (14-12 dual) ... paired with Jennifer Kellner for a doubles surge that featured six victories in seven matches to conclude the regular season ... the duo defeated Wan-Yi Sweeting and Katya Vasilyev (8-3) in the first round of the ACC Tournament before topping the 46th-ranked duo of Kelsey Laurente and Melissa Bolivar of Miami, Fla., (5-4) ... once again aided by Kellner's efforts, took down Kelsey Lawson and Jasmin Kling of DePaul (8-5) in the NCAA regional at Evanston, Ill., before falling to the 89th-ranked pair of Nida Hamilton and Maddie Lipps (7-8 (5-7)) in the regional championship match ... played in 12 singles matches, winning the first two of the fall season against Claudia Escribens of Purdue (4-6, 6-5, 6-2) and Emily Dvorak of Tulane (6-4, 6-2) ... played as high as No. 3 singles on one occasion, besting IUPUI's Bobbi Modesto in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) ... earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Selected to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team ... ranked No. 36 nationally in the fall Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles poll with teammate Britney Sanders - the pair would reach a rank of 30th in the ITA poll during the spring, the highest career slot for either player ... finished with a 22-14 (14-12 dual) doubles record out of the primary No. 2 spot in the Notre Dame lineup ... added a 7-11 slate in singles play ... won all three singles matches at the adidas Hoosier Classic, downing Kansas State's Amina St. Hill (6-1, 6-1), Indiana's Carolyn Chupa (7-5, 7-6 (7-2) and Purdue's Imogen Golder (7-6, 6-3) ... cruised to a perfect 4-0 mark at the Hoosier Classic with Sanders in doubles ... pair won first four matches at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championships, advancing to the tournament final ... dropped a 6-8 decision to Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White of Illinois to earn runner-up honors at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals ... overcame University of Illinois-Chicago's Natasha Kuvakina (6-3, 6-2) to split a 1-1 effort on the singles side at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals ... finished with a 2-1 singles record and 0-1 doubles record at the Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic ... captured wins over Mississippi State's Lien Van Geel (6-2, 6-4) and Tennessee's Jessica Grace (6-0, 6-2) ... opened spring slate teaming with Molly O'Koniewski, downing Jade Johnson and Mary Hill from Bowling Green (8-5) and Allison Falkin and Julia Jamieson from Illinois (8-3) ... the Irish tandem blanked Jesse Grace and Mimi Fotopoulos from No. 25 Tennessee (8-0) ... along with Sanders, began a three-match winning streak against Jill Pastunink and Maggie Remynse from Western Michigan (8-6) ... string continued against DePaul with a win over Kelsey Lawson and Ana Vladutu (8-2) ... pair capped the surge against Mary Clayton and Annie Mulholland from No. 2 Duke (8-5) ... defeated USF's Kayla Rizzolo and Danielle Mills (8-5) to help Notre Dame win its sixth straight BIG EAST Championship ... won contest in the first round of the NCAA Championship against North Carolina State's Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez (8-4).
AS A SOPHOMORE:Participated in 52 matches for the Irish in both singles and doubles competition ... compiled a season-long three-match winning streak in singles during the fall ... reached a high doubles rank of 60th in the ITA rankings with partner Britney Sanders (13-4 record) ... team posted a 7-1 mark in the number two doubles position from No. 16 Georgia Tech (8-3 win over No. 54 Lynn Blau/Elizabeth Kilborn) all the way to the next month against No. 20 Michigan (8-6 win over Mimi Nguyen/Michelle Sulahlan) ... the pair earned an 8-5 victory over No. 54 Mary Clayton/Ester Goldfield in a home contest against No. 3 Duke ... named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.
AS A FRESHMAN:Another freshman who finished with ample playing time in first season with the Irish ... concluded with a mark of 16-14 overall in singles, including 10-10 in split time at No. 5 and 6 during the dual campaign (2-1 at No. 5, 8-9 at No. 6) ... finished the season on a four-match winning streak ... named member of BIG EAST Academic All-Star team ... earned first monogram ... finished fourth in her flight at the fall season-opening Eck Tennis Classic, claiming wins over Dayton's Claire McNulty (6-0, 6-2) and Ohio State's Noelle Malley (6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 1-0 (7-5)) ... earned a pair of wins at the Midwest Blast, knocking off Illinois' Allison Falkin (4-6, 6-3, 6-2) before taming Memphis' Andrea Arques-Garcia (6-2, 6-3) ... ended year with four straight victories at No. 6 singles without dropping a set, defeating Marquette's Christina Ruiz (6-3, 6-1), DePaul's Samantha Kaneta (6-0, 6-1), Georgetown's Alexandra Landers (6-1, 6-1) and Fresno State's Abby Hayley (6-4, 6-1) in the opening round of the NCAA Team Championship ... ended with a record of 17-16 in doubles, including an 11-12 slate during the dual campaign (2-0 at No. 2, 9-12 at No. 3) ... teamed primarily with Jennifer Kellner after competing with Chrissie McGaffigan during the fall docket ... reached the semifinals at the Sarasota Clay Court Classic with McGaffigan, knocking off Abby Steinbach and Bibiana Almeidia of Florida Gulf Coast (8-0) before downing the 17th-ranked tandem of Danielle Mills and Bistra Ostashoiysila of Miami (9-8) ... much like singles, ended doubles campaign on four-match winning streak, all at the No. 3 position ... the streak included sweeping through the BIG EAST Championships with wins over Georgetown's Madeline Jaeger and Alex Sebia (8-1), Marquette's Gillian Hush and Chelsea Utting (9-7) and No. 42 South Florida's Alessandra Bonte and Kate Parker (8-3).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Letterwinner at American Heritage High School ... won high school tennis states as a team all four years of participation and played No. 1 singles ... won a gold ball at the girls 18s Arizona winter supernational with current Irish teammate Britney Sanders ... that pairing also won a silver and a bronze ball while competing at other circuit events ... has claimed a total of five balls in doubles play ... ranked within the top five of each of the 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s divisions, including ranking No. 1 in the 14s ... considered to be as high as the 29th best recruit in her class according to tennisrecruiting.net ... daughter of Kenneth and Diana Sabacinski ... has two siblings: brother Kenny and sister Lauren ... Lauren played tennis at William & Mary ... Kenny plays on the men's tennis team at Notre Dame ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in accounting.