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No. 24 Notre Dame Sweeps No. 70 Wake Forest
Sophomore Julie Vrabel clinched the match for Notre Dame at No. 6 singles.
 
Sophomore Julie Vrabel clinched the match for Notre Dame at No. 6 singles.

March 30, 2014

Results

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- After sweeping Marquette earlier this week, the University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team had a repeat performance over Wake Forest today, defeating them 7-0. The 24th-ranked Irish are now 10-8 on the season.

Despite being down 4-1 in the match, seniors Julie Sabacinksi and Jennifer Kellner came back to defeat their opponents at No. 2 doubles, Samantha Asch and Luisa Fernandez, 8-6. Senior Britney Sanders and sophomore Quinn Gleason also triumphed over Xue Zhang and Kasey Gardiner, 8-5, and the two victories clinched the doubles point for Notre Dame.

“We played well today, but with a lot of these teams, the doubles is key,” said head coach Jay Louderback. “If we go in 1-0, it’s hard for them to win four singles matches against us. For No. 2 doubles to come back was probably the key to the match. They did a great job of not panicking when they were down, which as two seniors, they should.”

Sanders made quick work of her opponent Andrea Retolaza at No. 1 singles, only losing a single game and winning, 6-0, 6-1. Similarly, Gleason beat Kimmy Guerin, her opponent at No. 2, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

Sophomore Julie Vrabel won the match for Notre Dame at No. 6. She was down early in her first set but came back to win it in an 8-6 tiebreaker. She defeated Zhang, 7-6(6), 6-3, sending Notre Dame up, 4-0.

Freshman Mary Closs pulled out a tough win at No. 5 singles over Gardiner. The match went to a third set, and Closs claimed victory, 6-1, 6-7, 6-1. Freshman Monica Robinson ended her match against Samantha Asch on a winner down the line to take a second-set tiebreaker, finishing, 6-4, 7-6(3).


 

 

The final match of the morning was Kellner on court three. Her match against Fernandez also went to a third set, and Kellner won it, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Notre Dame will continue its spring schedule with two home matches next weekend. The Irish will face Maryland at 4 p.m. this Friday, April 4.

Singles

1. Britney Sanders (ND) def. Andrea Retolaza (WF), 6-0, 6-1

2. Quinn Gleason (ND) def. Kimmy Guerin (WF), 6-3, 6-1

3. Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Luisa Fernandez (WF), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

4. Monica Robinson (ND) def. Samantha Asch (WF), 6-4, 7-6(3)

5. Mary Closs (ND) def. Kasey Gardiner (WF), 6-1, 6-7, 6-1

6. Julie Vrabel (ND) def. Xue Zhang (WF), 7-6(6), 6-3

Doubles

1. Britney Sanders/Quinn Gleason (ND) def. Xue Zhang/Kasey Gardiner (WF), 8-5

2. Jennifer Kellner/Julie Sabacinski (ND) def. Samantha Asch/Luisa Fernandez (WF), 8-6

3. Monica Robinson/Julie Vrabel (ND) vs. Kimmy Guerin/Karen Forman (WF), 4-7, unfinished

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant

--ND--

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October 1
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All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
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All Day
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All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
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November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
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All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
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All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
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All Day
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All Day
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All Day
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Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
November 6
All Day
Lakewood Ranch Invitational
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
January 22
10:00 AM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
3:00 PM
Wright State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 29
10:00 AM
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Pittsburgh, Pa. (Alpha Tennis & Fitness Club)
February 3
3:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
11:00 AM
Illinois
Champaign, Ill. (Varsity Tennis Center)
February 18
10:00 AM
Indiana
Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
February 19
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
February 22
5:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 25
10:00 AM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 25
3:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
4:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 5
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 13
3:00 PM
Norfolk State
Norfolk, Va. (NSU Tennis Complex)
March 15
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Williamsburg, Va. (McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center)
March 17
TBA
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
March 19
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
4:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 26
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 31
TBA
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
April 7
4:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 9
11:00 AM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 13
4:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
April 15
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
April 23
12:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
April 26
All Day
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TBD
April 27
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
All Day
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All Day
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