Women's Tennis

Notre Dame Beats Syracuse In Last Match Of Regular Season

Sophomore Julie Vrabel

April 19, 2014

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- The University of Notre Dame women's tennis team finishes its regular season on a 7-0 winning streak after a victory over Syracuse this afternoon. The Irish beat the Orange 4-3 on the road, moving to 15-8 on the season.  

"Indoors at Syracuse is a tough place to play," said head coach Jay Louderback. "The courts are fast, and they have some of the hardest hitters in the conference. Our No. 3 doubles came back from a 0-4 deficit to clinch the point, which proved to be crucial."

The match was decided by only a point, and as Louderback said, the doubles proved crucial to that margin of victory. Seniors Jennifer Kellner and Julie Sabacinski defeated Rhiann Newborn and Olivia Messineo at No. 2, 8-5. Then senior Britney Sanders and sophomore Quinn Gleason fell at No. 1 doubles to Maddie Kobelt and Valeria Salazar, 8-6. The point came down to the match on court three, where freshman Mary Closs and junior Molly O'Koniewski dug themselves out of a 0-4 hole to beat Amanda Rodgers and Komal Safadar, 8-6. 

Sanders and Gleason came back in singles to give Notre Dame two more points. Gleason was the first off the court at No. 2, defeating Rodgers, 6-2, 6-1. Sanders was right behind her at No. 1 with a 6-3, 7-6(2) win over Kobelt.

Sophomore Julie Vrabel clinched the match for Notre Dame at No. 6 singles. She beat Safadar in straight sets, with her second set win coming in a tiebreaker, 6-2, 7-6(0). 

"We are excited for the ACC tournament after such a strong finish to the regular season," Louderback added.

The ACC Championship will begin later this week in Cary, N.C.

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant




Event Calendar


April 23
L, 6-1
Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
April 26
All Day
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 27
All Day
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 28
All Day
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 29
All Day
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)
April 30
All Day
ACC Championships
Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center)

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