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     Britney Sanders  


    Ontario, CA

    High School:
    Ontario Christian



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    Winning Ways Continue For Irish On Day Two Of Wolverine Invitational

    Notre Dame wraps up second day of play in Ann Arbor


    Irish Rack Up Wins At Wolverine Invitational

    Notre Dame finds winning ways on day one in Michigan


    Fighting Irish Xtra 02/27


    Fighting Irish Xtra 02/20

    A guest host steps in to bring you, The FIX.


    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.


    2/19 W. Tennis v Illinois

    Women's Tennis defeated Illinois 4 to 3 in the Eck Tennis Pavilion on February 19th.


    2/18 W. Tennis vs UNC

    Women's Tennis lost to North Carolina 3 to 4 on Saturday February 18th in the Eck Tennis Pavilion.


    1/22 Women's Tennis vs Missouri

    Women's Tennis beat Missouri 6 to 1 on January 22nd, in the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

    AS A SENIOR:Was named to the All-ACC Third Team while also being recognized as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Midwest Senior Player of the Year ... compiled a 19-17 singles record (15-11 dual) while playing 26 matches at No. 1 singles for the Irish ... had an outstanding 23-11 doubles mark (16-8 dual) ... began the fall season as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's 35th-ranked singles player ... on the first day of the NCAA regional at Evanston, Ill., defeated DePaul's Patricia Vargas in straight sets (6-3, 6-3) before dispatching 43rd-ranked Veronica Corning of Northwestern the following day in the regional championship ... rallied to defeat 65th-ranked Mary Anne Daines of Alabama (1-6, 6-4, 6-2) in the Sweet 16 ... combined with Quinn Gleason to form the Irish's most lethal doubles team ... bested the 29th-ranked duo of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett of Northwestern at the Evanston, Ill., NCAA regional ... advanced with Gleason to the NCAA doubles championship, defeating the 20th-ranked pair of Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira of Vanderbilt (6-4, 2-6, 7-5) before being eliminated by the third-ranked combination of Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb of North Carolina in the Round of 16.

    AS A JUNIOR: Tabbed as the unanimous BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, and an all-BIG EAST team choice ... ranked No. 36 nationally in the fall Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles poll with teammate Julie Sabacinski, and No. 98 in the singles poll ... reached a high watermark of 30th in the doubles poll and 39th in the singles ranks during the spring slate ... compiled a 24-14 record (15-12 dual) at number one in the Irish lineup, and a doubles mark of 24-13 - doubles win total led all Notre Dame players ... began the fall schedule with a perfect 3-0 start in singles at the adidas Hoosier Classic, surrendering no more than five games in each match ... trumped the competition on the doubles side in the Hoosier Classic with a perfect 4-0 mark alongside Sabacinski ... advanced to the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championship final after compiling a 4-1 record ... lost a three-set thriller in the championship match (4-6, 6-0, 4-6) to No. 12 ranked Kate Turvy of Northwestern ... repeated with a 4-1 doubles record with Sabacinski at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals, falling 6-8 to Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White of Illinois in the championship match ... finished the fall slate with a 2-1 outing at the Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic ... selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Month for October and November ... kick started spring with five consecutive wins at first singles, including three over ranked opponents ... began streak with a three-set victory over No. 105 Lynda Xepoleas of Purdue (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) ... swept No. 41 Kate Turvy at No. 10 Northwestern (7-5, 6-4) ... earned highest career ranked triumph against Baylor's Ema Burgic, coming back from a scoreless first set to down the No. 13 player in the country (0-6, 6-4, 6-2) ... won a competitive three-set tilt against Indiana's Leslie Hureau (6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-4) ... named the BIG EAST Player of the Week (Feb. 26) ... capped streak against Western Michigan's Nini Sjashvilli (6-1, 7-5) ... continued winning ways against ranked opposition, disposing of No. 34 Courtney Collins (Memphis) in three sets (6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4) ... won all three singles contests at the conference championship matches to earn BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player honors ... opened conference tournament with a win over Marquette's Ana Pimienta (6-2, 2-6, 6-3) ... avenged a regular season loss in three sets against No. 84 Matea Cutura from DePaul (3-6, 7-6, 6-1) ... clinched Notre Dame's 13th and final BIG EAST Championship with a sweep of No. 103 Katie Vasenina of USF (7-6, 7-5) ... equaled season-best winning streak at five after downing North Carolina State's Joelle Kissel in the first round of the NCAA Championship (6-3, 3-6, 6-4) ... began spring doubles season alongside Quinn Gleason, claiming victory against Bowling Green's Katie Grubb and Maddy Eccleston (8-2) and Illinois' Breanne Smutko and Audrey O'Connor (8-3) ... Irish tandem earned first win over a ranked pair with a triumph against No. 41 Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson of Tennessee (8-6) ... after being paired with Sabacinski in the spring, 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: Broke through as a solid all-around performer in her second season at Notre Dame ... named to the All-BIG EAST Team after leading the Irish in singles wins with 28 ... attained a 6-0 conference record and a 22-5 dual match record ... reached a career-high ITA singles ranking of 102 during February ... went on an 11-2 run from March 14 (at No. 58 Hawaii) to the conclusion of the season ... picked up top wins against No. 76 Caroline Price of No. 13 North Carolina (6-3, 6-4) and Ashleigh Antal from No. 18 Vanderbilt (4-6, 6-4 6-4) ... earned a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory over No. 124 Mimi Nguyen at No. 20 Michigan ... earned third win over a ranked opponent with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 triumph over No. 73 Wen Sun at No. 21 Texas A&M ... competed with teammate Katherine White in the fall season, achieving an ITA doubles ranking of 25 to start the spring campaign ... compiled a 12-6 team record ... finished out the spring season in the second doubles position with teammate Julie Sabacinski ... the pair debuted at No. 67 in the ITA rankings on March 27, and posted a 13-4 mark ... earned an 8-3 win over No. 54 Lynn Blau/Elizabeth Kilborn in a home win over No. 16 Georgia Tech ... clinched the doubles point for Notre Dame against No. 3 Duke with an 8-5 victory over No. 54 Mary Clayton/Ester Goldfield.

    Concluded first season with a record of 6-3 in singles, going 6-2 during the fall slate and 0-1 in her lone dual match ... reached the finals of her flight at the Eck Tennis Classic, defeating Kansas' Pailina Los (6-0, 6-0) and Akron's Zara Harutyunan (6-1, 6-2) before knocking off teammate Chrissie McGaffigan in the semifinals (6-4, 6-4) ... posted a perfect 3-0 record at the Midwest Blast, winning over Illinois' Amy Allin (6-4, 6-7 (12-14), 6-3), Memphis' Kelly Gray (6-3, 6-0) and Oklahoma's Maria Kalashnikova (6-1, 4-6, 6-0) ... in doubles, finished with a record of 8-2, with all the victories coming in the fall ... teamed with Jennifer Kellner at the Eck Tennis Classic to win their flight with wins over Miami (OH)'s Stephanie Danesis and Riekie Honiball (8-5), Kansas' Sara Lazarevic and Monica Pezzotti (8-3) and Tulsa's 21st-ranked team of Jo-Anna Karaitiana and Alexandra Kichoutkin (8-1) ... reached quarterfinals at the ITA Midwest Regional Championship with Kristen Rafael after posting victories over Eastern Michigan's Celine Donnet and Georgia deLisle-Tarr (8-2) and Ohio State's Paloma Escobedo and Cami Hubbs (8-6).

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Began playing tennis at the age of five ... three-time letterwinner at Ontario Christian ... won league individuals in all three of her competitive years at Ontario Christian ... also won super nationals 18's in Arizona doubles with partner Julie Sabacinski ... won a gold, silver and bronze ball playing doubles with Sabacinski ... also earned one additional gold ball with another doubles partner ... ended senior year ranked 21st-best prospect, according to tennisrecruiting.net, and climbed as high as 17th ... also climbed as high as eighth in National rankings before ending at 15th and was ranked as high as second in southern California rankings before ending the year ranked ninth ... daughter of Edward Sanders and Haydee Salagan ... has a twin sister, Nikki and twin brothers, Alex and Alan ... sister is attending Texas Tech on a tennis scholarship ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology.

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