March 4, 2018
By Michael Scholl
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana -- The Notre Dame women's tennis team, hitting the road for its second match of the weekend, scored a resounding 6-1 victory over Purdue on Sunday afternoon in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Notre Dame took a hard-fought doubles point before winning five of six singles matches to secure the victory, just a day after dropping a 5-2 home match to Iowa.
How It Happened
The Irish took a hotly contested doubles point thanks to the court two duo of Cameron Corse and Zoe Spence. The first victory came on court three, where Rachel Chong and Bess Waldram took a 6-3 win, before Brooke Broda and Allison Miller dropped a 7-5 decision on court one. Thankfully for the Irish, Corse and Spence took a victory to clinch the doubles point by a 7-5 margin.
Ally Bojczuk continued her strong play on court six, winning 6-4, 6-3 to move to 5-0 in the six spot during the dual season. The scoring stopped for a bit as four singles matches went to three sets.
The next decision came on court three, as Zoe Spence made it 3-0 Notre Dame with a win over Ena Babic (7-5, 3-6, 6-1). After Purdue's Seira Shimizu defeated Caroline Dunleavy at five singles (6-4, 4-6, 6-3), the Irish clinched the win on court two as Cameron Corse downed Alex Sabe, 7-6, 6-4.
The singles matches were played out, with Allison Miller winning on court one over Purdue's Silvia Ambrosio (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) before the match concluded on court four with Notre Dame's Rachel Chong coming back to win 5-7, 6-2, 7-6.
- Corse, a freshman, played at two singles for just the second time in her career. She's 2-0 at that spot, the highest in the lineup she's played.
- Bojczuk not only improved to 5-0 on court six, she's 6-0 in dual competition this season and 12-1 in singles action dating back to the fall, including a nine-match singles winning streak.
- Chong and Waldram are a perfect 4-0 at three doubles this season. Course and Spence improved to 6-3 at two doubles.
- Miller is 2-0 playing at the top of the singles lineup this season.
- Notre Dame improved to 25-6 all-time against Purdue and 19-3 under head coach Jay Louderback.
- The victory marked Louderback's 699th as a women's collegiate head coach.
Notre Dame 6, Purdue 1
Sunday, March 4
West Lafayette, IN
1. Allison Miller (ND) def. Silvia Ambrosio (PUR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2. Cameron Corse (ND) def. Alex Sabe (PUR) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
3. Zoe Spence (ND) def. Ena Babic (PUR) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
4. Rachel Chong (ND) def. Rafaella Baquerizo (PUR) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Caroline Dunleavy (ND) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
6. Ally Bojczuk (ND) def. Zala Dovnik (PUR) 6-4, 6-3
1. Silvia Ambrosio/Ena Babic (PUR) def. Brooke Broda/Allison Miller (ND) 7-5
2. Cameron Corse/Zoe Spence (ND) def. Rafaella Baquerizo/Seira Shimizu (PUR) 7-5
3. Rachel Chong/Bess Waldram (ND) def. Zala Dovnik/Alex Sabe (PUR) 6-3
Order Of Finish
Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,5,2,1,4)
The Irish take a nine-day break before returning to action on Tuesday, March 13, in Fort Myers, Florida. Notre Dame will play a neutral site match with Minnesota at 10 a.m. before facing Florida Gulf Coast at 5 p.m. Those are the final nonconference matches of the year for the Irish.
-- 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.