Feb. 24, 2018
By Michael Scholl
NOTRE DAME, Indiana -- The Notre Dame women's tennis team completed a doubleheader sweep on Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Bowling Green at the Eck Tennis Pavilion
The Irish (6-2) cruised to a 6-0 lead before Bowling Green (5-3) took the final point of the match at one singles. Notre Dame got victories from Allison Miller, Cameron Corse, Zoe Spence, Ally Bojczuk and Caroline Dunleavy. Corse & Spence won together at two doubles, while Rachel Chong and Bess Waldrum were the other doubles winners on court three.
How It Happened
The duo of Rachel Chong and Bess Waldrum, paired together for the first time this season by head coach Jay Louderback for the day's first match against Pitt, showed staying power again. This time they secured a 6-3 victory at three doubles, before Brooke Broda and Allison Miller dropped a 6-3 decision on court one to Bowling Green's Paula Comella & Marharita-Sophia Tavpash. It came down to two doubles, where Camreon Corse and Zoe Spence earned a 6-4 victory over Polina Radeva and Ayumi Sasaki to clinch the first point for the Irish.
Ally Bojczuk cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at five singles to quickly make it 2-0 Irish. Zoe Spence was right behind her on court four to make it 3-0. The clincher came at six singles, where Caroline Dunleavy secured a 6-2, 6-2 victory for the clinching fourth point.
Cameron Corse secured a 6-1, 6-4 win to run it to 5-0 before Allison Miller scored a 7-5, 6-2 win at two singles to make it 6-0. BGSU's Paula Comella defeated Brooke Broda, 6-3, 6-4, in the final match to finish on court one.
Coach Louderback's Thoughts
On the team's play at singles...
"At singles, we've put a lot of time in the last few weeks and you've been able to tell. Especially in the Pitt match, we started off on three of the courts with tight first sets and then we played really well (to win). The work we've been doing at practice has really paid off."
On any standouts from the day...
"Really everybody. We lost one singles match (on the day). We've had Zoe Spence working on some things and she really stepped up and did a great job being a lot more aggressive. Ally Miller, we've worked with her whole career about hitting more goals out of the air. She hit more balls out of the air today than her whole career. Overall we just had a really good weekend."
- Notre Dame improved to 8-0 all-time against Bowling Green
- Corse & Spence are now 5-2 at two doubles this season, while Chong & Waldram are 2-0. Both pairs won their matches earlier in the day against Pitt to give the Irish the doubles point.
- Miller improved to 5-1 at two singles.
- Corse is now 2-0 when playing at three singles, with Spence owning the same record at four singles.
- Bojczuk played at five singles for the first time this year, while Dunleavy made her first appearance at six.
Notre Dame 6, Bowling Green 1
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Notre Dame, IN
Eck Tennis Pavilion
1. Paula Comella (BGSU) def. Brooke Broda (ND) 6-3, 6-4
2. Allison Miller (ND) def. Polina Radeva (BGSU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Cameron Corse (ND) def. M. Tavpash (BGSU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Zoe Spence (ND) def. Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Ally Bojczuk (ND) def. Marta Bettinelli (BGSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Caroline Dunleavy (ND) def. Vanesa Pardo (BGSU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Paula Comella/M. Tavpash (BGSU) def. Brooke Broda/Allison Miller (ND) 6-3
2. Cameron Corse/Zoe Spence (ND) def. Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) 6-4
3. Rachel Chong/Bess Waldram (ND) def. Vanesa Pardo/Marta Bettinelli (BGSU) 6-3
Order of Finish
Doubles: 3,1,2; Singles: 5,4,6,3,2,1
-- ND --
Michael Scholl has been a member of the Fighting Irish Media communications staff at his alma mater since August 2016. He serves as the secondary contact for the Irish football and hockey teams while coordinating communications efforts for the women's tennis program. Scholl has previously worked in communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Providence College, Vanderbilt University and the University of Cincinnati. The South Bend, Indiana, native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts and Letters in 2009.