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.
Fighting Irish bow out of the team tournament in a 4-2 decision against the Yellow Jackets.
Powerful player who has established herself as one of the nation's top all-around collegiate performers ... filled the No. 1 slots in both singles and doubles in every match in 2005 and most of 2006 ... named an All-American by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as a sophomore and junior for her doubles accomplishments with twin sister Christian Thompson (who is younger by 10 minutes) ... only team in program history to ascend to the national #1 ranking, let alone on multiple occasions ... tabbed BIG EAST Most Outstanding Tournament Performer in 2005 and 2006 ... five-time honoree on the league's all-tournament team (singles in '05, `06; doubles in '04, '05 and `06) ... has 28 doubles wins vs. nationally-ranked teams, including 11 against squads ranked in the top 10 ... upset the #1 team (Hollands/Mlakar of Arizona) in the '04 ITA All-American Championships and has a pair of wins vs. teams ranked #2 ... boasts 27 career singles victories against ranked players, including a 6-2, 6-2 upset of #3 Audra Cohen of Northwestern on April 14, 2005 and a victory over top-ranked Daniela Bercek of Duke when she was forced to retire on March 15, 2006... in '04, along with twin sister Christian, became first all-freshman doubles team since VCU's Martina Nedelkova and Andrea Ondrisova in 1998 to earn a bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship ... has been ranked in singles and doubles in each of the last 20 sets of national rankings (dating back to preseason 2004-05), while being listed in 27 of the 29 sets of national doubles rankings she has been eligible for (including each of the last 24) ... in singles, owns a career mark of 73-37 overall ... holds 50-27 career record away from home, plus a 46-16 record indoors and a 37-10 mark vs. the Midwest Region ... is 36-32 in close singles sets (6-4, 7-5, or 7-6) and 24-16 in close matches ... holds 64-6 career singles record when winning the opening set, including 16 straight wins to close the 2006 season ...in doubles, 76-31 overall for her career and 72-31 with twin sister Christian including 28-17 vs. nationally-ranked opponents ... boasts a 25-7 career record at home, plus a 38-16 mark indoors, and an 12-2 record against the BIG EAST ... selected as the one United States team to compete in doubles in the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey ... was one-half of the nation's top 18-and-under doubles team prior to arrival at Notre Dame ... athletic and plays a big game ... has huge forehand and serve, which have become more consistent ... has worked hard to make fewer errors while still hitting big ... has improved at taking advantage of opportunities to go to net ... she and her sister were the only tennis players featured in Sports Illustrated On Campus' "A List" of 14 elite college athletes in October 2005 ... one of three Nevada natives to become Notre Dame All-Americans (in any sport), joining sister and another Las Vegas product, sprinter Danny Payton (1997) ... earned monograms in each of first three collegiate seasons.
AS A JUNIOR: Named an All-American by the ITA in doubles with twin sister, Christian ... second consecutive season named doubles All-American ... Thompsons finished the season with a 22-7 record and were 10th in the final ITA national doubles rankings after ascending to #1 earlier in the spring ... twins delivered Notre Dame's first-ever ITA grand-slam title, winning the doubles draw in the Riviera ITA All-American Championships ... lost in the quarterfinals of the season's second grand slam, the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, to eventual champions Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey of Stanford, who finished as the nation's top-ranked squad ... the duo were 16-5 in dual-match action at No. 1 and posted an 8-5 record against nationally-ranked teams ... was 5-2 in close matches and were ranked in the top 10 all season, finishing with their lowest listing since the 2003-04 campaign ... remain the only Notre Dame twins ever to earn All-America accolades ... only three Irish women's tennis players previously had been All-Americans in multiple seasons: Wendy Crabtree (1993-94, 1994-95), Jennifer Hall (1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99) and former assistant coach Michelle Dasso (1998-99, 2000-01) ... fought off two match points and finally prevailed in a tiebreaker to give Notre Dame its first-ever title in an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national championship, winning 9-8 (9-7) over Lucia Sainz and Kathrina Winterhalter from Fresno State in the final of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the first grand slam of the 2005-06 season ... Thompsons are the first team from any school to reach the title match of the ITA All-American Championships in consecutive years and come away with a title ... they knocked off three top-seven teams to reach the final and lost just 16 total games in the tournament, the second-fewest ever by a doubles champion ... Catrina and Christian are the second set of twins from any school - and the first in the All-Americans - ever to win an ITA national championship ... have been among the final four teams remaining in three of the last four grand slams - improved to 11-4 in their careers in grand slam events ... now 7-1 in the All-American Championships after Irish competitors had been just 2-5 in its doubles main draw prior to that ... upset in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship ... also earned second invitation to NCAA singles tournament and moved into the second round before losing to defending NCAA champion Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor ... voted the team's MVP after tying current sophomore Katie Potts and departed senior Kristina Stastny for the team-high in singles victories ... finished with a combined record of 53-19 ... went 24-7 in doubles, including 22-7 with twin sister Christian ... played every match at No. 1 doubles for the third consecutive season, ending with a 16-5 record -- all of which were played with Christian ... ended doubles season on a surprising three-match losing streak ... opened the doubles season ranked #2, climbed to #1, but finished the season #10 ... opened the doubles season with six consecutive victories, four of which came against teams ranked in the top 10 ... registered seperate winning streaks of five and six matches ... finished the season with an 8-5 mark against nationally ranked doubles teams ... went 5-1 in close matches (8-6, 9-7, or 9-8) ... were 6-2 against top-10 squads ... in the National Indoor Championships, they beat #9 Coventry/Schwenk of Kentucky in the first round before dropping their match against #6 Barnes/Yelcy of Stanford ... earned No. 2 seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship to clinch All-America honors for the second consecutive season... notable dual-match victories came against #6 Anderson/O'Riain of Harvard (9-8, [7-5]), #10 Duch/Etienne of South Florida (8-3) and #32 Csordas/Ganeva of DePaul (8-4) ... the pair went 8-3 at home ... they were 11-6 indoors and 11-1 outside, as well as 7-3 against the Midwest Region ... went 3-1 in tie breakers, 5-1 as nation's #1 team, 5-1-1 in close matches and 14-4 on the road ... also recorded outstanding season in singles, going a career-best 29-12, including 18-6 in dual action at No. 1 ... BIG EAST Most Outstanding Tournament Performer was on the league's all-tournament team in both singles and doubles ... became just the third Irish player ever to win a match in the NCAA singles event on multiple occasions ... ranked as high as 24th in the nation ... went 13-12 against nationally-ranked players and won 10 of her final 14 matches with all of those defeats coming against top-20 opposition ... marquee victory was an upset of the nation's #1-ranked singles player when Daniela Bercek of Duke was forced to retire in the first set ... defeated #74 Margarita Kamaukhova of Sacramento State in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship before falling to #6 Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor ... other top victories came against #38 Anna Lubinsky of Texas A&M, #28 Anca Anastasiu of USC and #28 Jenna Long of North Carolina ... reached the ITA All-American Championship Qualifier Consolation Final, as well as the ITA Midwest Championship semifinal ... went 17-4 indoors, 0-1 in tie breakers, 11-6 in close sets, 28-1 when winning the first set, 11-1 outdoors, 2-3 in close matches, 14-1 at home, 14-4 on the road and 15-4 against the Midwest Region.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Established herself as a dominant singles player and also combined with twin sister Christian for the top season ever by a Notre Dame doubles team ... named an All-American by the ITA in doubles, becoming part of the first set of sister All-Americans in any sport in Notre Dame history (also first set of twins to be All-Americans) ... became first Irish team ever to ascend to the national #1 ranking (Feb. 22) and finished season ranked fifth (tops among teams comprised of two Americans) after being in the top 10 throughout the campaign ... BIG EAST Most Outstanding Tournament Performer was on the league's all-tournament team in both singles and doubles ... in doubles, posted 6-3 record in the grand-slam events (best in ND history), with just two teams (Stanford's Barnes/Burdette 8-1; Northwestern's Cohen/Grier 7-1) notching more wins in those tournaments ... was the only team in the nation to reach the semifinals of both of the first two grand slams, losing in the final of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and in the semis of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships ... fell in round of 16 of NCAA Doubles Championship for second straight year (one of only three teams to reach final 16 in both '04 and '05) ... also earned first invitation to NCAA singles tournament and was one of just 13 Division I players to post victories in both the NCAA singles and doubles championships ... was one of only three players (also Georgia's Shadisha Robinson and UCLA's Riza Zalameda) to notch at least one victory against one of the top three seeds from both of those tournaments, downing Northwestern's Audra Cohen (No. 3 seed) in singles, as well as Cohen and Cristelle Grier (No. 2 seed) and the third-seeded team of Megan Bradley and Audrey Banada of Miami (Robinson and Zalameda had just one win apiece in both singles and doubles) ... the Thompsons were one of just two teams to have victories over more than one of the top four seeds in the NCAA doubles tournament (also Liu/Yelsey of Stanford) ... voted the team's MVP and finished as team leader in both singles and doubles wins (combined 54-17 record) ... finished with team-best 30-7 overall doubles record (just the sixth ND player to win 30 doubles matches in a season), including 28-7 with Christian Thompson, which stands as the second-highest season victory total by an Irish doubles team ... played every match at No. 1 doubles for the second consecutive season, ending with a 21-4 record (tied for third-highest season win total in ND history), including 19-4 with Christian ... only three non-dual defeats came in the grand slams ... ranked season-low seventh in the preseason and then were among the top five in every spring set of rankings but one ... finished with 7-2 record in close matches (8-6, 9-7, or 9-8) and a 15-4 mark against nationally-ranked teams ... were 8-2 against top-15 squads and 4-1 vs. higher-ranked duos, including an upset of the national #1 team of Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar of Arizona (8-6) in the quarterfinals of the All-American Championships ... that run saw them beat #6 Bentley/Stephenson of Alabama in the round of 16 and #11 Gersic/Kovacek of New Mexico in the semis before losing 8-3 to Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan of Florida in the title match ... it was the best-ever performance by an Irish doubles team in a grand slam and was just the second time a set of twins from any school reached a grand-slam final (Tami and Teri Whitlinger of Stanford won the '89 National Indoors) ... in the National Indoor Championships, they beat #3 Foster/Kalsarieva of Kentucky and #28 Banada/Bradley before losing to eventual NCAA champions Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette of Stanford in the semis ... they became the first ND team ever to reach multiple grand-slam semis in the same season ... earned one of the Nos. 5-8 seeds in the NCAA Doubles Championship to clinch All-America honors ... defeated #14 Fodor/Kugakolova in that event before falling to #29 Cetnik/Tweedie-Yates of TCU in the round of 16 ... began season with six straight victories and opened spring with eight consecutive wins, propelling them to the #1 ranking ... notable dual-match victories came against #2 Cohen/Grier of Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA team tournament (8-3), #15 DaCosta/Delicata of Michigan (8-5), and #14 Cline/Mojzis of North Carolina to effectively clinch the #1 ranking (8-6) ... they registered a team-high seven clinching victories, including wins in the final match on court to give ND the doubles point against Wisconsin and in the BIG EAST semifinals vs. St. John's ... lost first match as #1-ranked team, falling 8-5 to #26 Ruckert/Strohm of Texas on Feb. 26 ... that was the pair's only home loss in nine matches ... they were 13-3 indoors and 15-4 outside, as well as 7-2 against the Midwest Region ... also recorded breakthrough season in singles, going 24-10, including 17-8 in dual action at No. 1 ... became the first ND sophomore since 1999 to fill the No. 1 singles position ... peaked at 32nd (Feb. 22) in national rankings ... marquee victory was a 6-2, 6-2 upset of #3 Audra Cohen on April 14 at Northwestern, which was the only straight-set defeat for the ITA All-American champion during her sensational rookie season ... had a 12-10 record against nationally-ranked opponents, including 5-5 vs. higher-ranked players ... defeated #46 Sabrina Capannolo of Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship before falling to #38 Chloe Carlotti in three sets ... other top victories came against #26 Aniela Mojzis of North Carolina, #27 Courtney Bergman of Harvard, and Michigan's #44 Michelle DaCosta ... won in three sets against Hala Sufi to clinch ND's win over Purdue ... provided a victory over Dora Vastag in the 4-3 Irish win at Indiana ... other top wins came against Petra Dizdar of Texas, Iryna Tkachenko of Oklahoma State, Denver's Yanick Dullens, and Meg Racette of Iowa (three times) ... opened fall with six consecutive victories before losing in the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Championships to #42 Katie McGaffigan (whom she would defeat in spring play) ... went 18-6 away from home, 22-0 when taking the opening set, 14-4 indoors, and 11-3 against the Midwest Region.
AS A FRESHMAN: Combined with twin sister Christian to be first all-freshman duo since 1998 - and first-ever Irish all-freshman team - to gain a berth in the NCAA Doubles Championship ... upset #15 Jennifer McGaffigan/ Cynthya Goulet of Illinois in three sets before losing in three against #26 Megan Muth/Amy Wei of William & Mary ... finished season ranked season-high 26th ... became first all-freshman team ever named to BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team ... first all-rookie duo to play No. 1 for the Irish since 1993 ... had 22-17 mark, including five victories against ranked opponents ... also stepped into singles lineup at No. 3, going 12-10 in dual matches and 20-15 overall ... was ranked as high as 84th in singles and, at one point, was nationally-ranked in both singles and doubles ... listed 15th in singles and seventh in doubles in Midwest Region rankings after fall season and ended third in doubles ... played No. 1 doubles in every dual match, opening the spring 6-2 ... highlight of season was 9-8 (7-5) upset of second-ranked team in college tennis, Cristelle Grier and Jessica Rush of Northwestern, on April 15 ... it was the highest-ranked team to fall victim to an Irish pair since 2001 ... also posted upsets of #37 Kinard/Lam of Virginia Tech and #22 Applebaum/Bradley of Miami to clinch doubles points in Irish wins ... victory over Hurricane duo was by 8-6 score in last match on court ... also clinched doubles point in regular-season victory against #20 BYU and in BIG EAST semifinals vs. Hokies ... upset #45 Schlukebir/Tran of Indiana on Feb. 29 ... posted 9-5 mark in fall play ... reached quarterfinals of ITA Midwest Championships before losing to #31 Goulet/McGaffigan of Illinois ... won consolation title in blue flight of Kentucky Fall Classic ... fell to #17 Gordon/Rotondi of Florida in quarters of adidas Invitational ... lost four of five tiebreakers throughout the season ... after losing in first career dual match in singles, won seven straight matches, clinching Irish victories on four occasions ... clinched 4-3 Notre Dame upset of #14 VCU that snapped Rams' 40-match home winning streak and 38-match regular-season winning streak ... other notable wins came against BYU, Indiana, and Texas ... upset two players in going 8-5 in fall action ... defeated #69 Andrea Yung of Northwestern in first career tournament en route to semifinals of "das" flight of adidas Invitational ... topped #39 Megan Muth of William & Mary in Kentucky Fall Classic ... reached final of that event before falling to Aibika Kalsarieva of Kentucky ... played No. 2 in exhibition match against USC ... defeated Miami's Mari Toro and Illinois' Isabel Jarosz in Midwest Blast ... was 18-3 when winning the first set and 10-5 against Midwest Region opponents.
IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Had outstanding singles and doubles results in pro tournaments in summer of '03 ... in WTA world rankings, has been listed as high as 1,006th in singles and 573rd in doubles, with sister Christian ... excelled in the summer of `06 ... captured the Via Christi Women's 10k of Wichita, Kan. ... also won the Car City Hyundai Women's Classic in St. Joseph, Mo.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of top junior players in the country prior to college ... combined with twin sister Christian to form the #1 doubles team in the nation in USTA Girls' 18s ... ranked 39th in singles and was the 16th-highest ranked player entering college in 2003 ... won national doubles titles on all surfaces ... among notable 18s doubles titles, were the 2001 Super National Winter Championship, the '01 National Clay Courts, '02 National Grass Court Championship, and Easter Bowl ... reached final of '02 National Clay Courts and semis in '03 National Hard Courts ... played in girls' doubles draw at U.S. Open ... earned All-America honors all four years at Bishop Gorman High School, going undefeated throughout her career ... helped Bishop Gorman to the Nevada state championship and won doubles title ... three-time state champion and team MVP won conference and regional titles on four occasions ... one-half of second set of twins to play women's tennis at Notre Dame, joining Laura and Sheila Cronin ('79) ... co-valedictorian and Silver State Scholar also was active in National Honor Society ... was in same class as Irish women's basketball player Breona Gray at Bishop Gorman ... cousin John Hudek ('01) also attended Notre Dame ... born Sept. 13, 1984, in Las Vegas, Nev. ... tabbed a BIG EAST Academic All-Star in 2004 ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.