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Irish Upset Wildcats, 4-3 in Saturday Afternoon Thriller

Julie Vrabel saved the match and earned the win for the Irish Saturday at the NCAA Regional.

EVANSTON, Ill. ---

Results

The University of Notre Dame women's tennis team upset Northwestern, 4-3, Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Regional. The Irish now advance to the round of 16 and will face No. 2 Alabama on Thursday at 9 a.m. in Athens, Ga. 

"I am so proud of our seniors to have the opportunity to make the final 16", Irish head coach Jay Louderback says. "Julie Vrabel did an amazing job of playing each point and letting go of it when the point ended."

To start the match, The Irish fought valiantly - and at one point were tied 7-7 on all three courts - but lost in doubles competition as Northwestern took an early 1-0 lead. No. 12 duo Quinn Gleason and Britney Sanders ousted No. 29 pair Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett, 8-7, earning four straight points at the end of the set to clinch the win. 

The other Wildcat tandems of Belinda Niu and Brooke Rischbieth held off Mary Closs and Molly O'Koniewski, while No. 89-ranked Nida Hamilton and Maddie Lipp (Northwestern) bested senior duo Jennifer Kellner and Julie Sabacinski 8-7 also.

In singles competition, the match see-sawed between both teams as first Sanders won, 6-4, 6-3 against Corning, then Gleason lost, 6-1, 6-3, against Niu. Freshman Monica Robinson tied the match 2-2 with a two 6-1 victories, after going all three games against Manon Peri on the No. 4 singles court. Northwestern's Lok Sze Leung kept the Wildcats' hopes alive with a win over Notre Dame's Mary Closs, 7-6, 6-3, upping the match score 3-2.


 

 

With a Northwestern victory almost certain, all eyes turned to the No. 3 singles court, as Kellner and Barnett fought through a third game, both eager to win. Barnett repeatedly went up on the scorecard in all three games, but Kellner came back and won, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. 

With the match on the line, spectators swarmed to the No. 6 court, where sophomore Julie Vrabel was tied 5-5 with Hamilton. Both tennis aces won one game apiece, and it was a fierce battle to the end as the Irish powerhouse and the Wildcat woman duked it out. Vrabel emerged victorious in a tiebreak, 7-6, sealing the win for the Irish, 4-3.

 

 

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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
Pittsburgh
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
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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