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    Women's Tennis Defeats Northwestern

    Irish advance in NCAA Midwest Regional.

    May 15, 1998

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. --- The University of Notre Dame women's tennis team posted a 6-2 win over Northwestern Friday in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Midwest Regional. Notre Dame, the No. 2 seed in the event, advances to Saturday's semifinal, where it will meet No. 3 seed Wisconsin at 2:00 p.m. CDT.

    Wisconsin was a 5-2 winner over Michigan on Friday while No. 1 seed UCLA beat Marquette 5-2 and No. 4 seed Indiana beat Purdue 5-3. The winner of the tournament advances to the 16-team NCAA national team tournament, which begins as part of the NCAA Championship at Notre Dame on Thursday.

    Notre Dame improves to 19-9 with the win this season. Freshman Michelle Dasso, the No. 19 ranked player in the country, improved her record to 29-6 on the season in singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Shannon Duffy.

    Other singles winners for Notre Dame were junior Marisa Velasco at No. 3, senior Tiffany Gates at No. 4, sophomore Kelly Zalinski at No. 5 and freshman Kim Guy at No. 6.

    Notre Dame 6, Northwestern 2
    

    Singles

    Katherine Nasser (NW) def. Jennifer Hall, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4; Michelle Dasso (ND) def. Shannon Duffy, 6-1, 6-0; Marisa Velasco (ND) def. Colleen Cheng, 6-2, 6-4; Tiffany Gates (ND) def. Laura Guignon, 6-1, 6-1; Kelly Zalinksi (ND) def. Robyn Porter, 6-4, 6-2; Kim Guy (ND) def. Leigh Weinraub, 7-5, 6-1.

    Doubles

    Gates and Hall (ND) vs. Nasser and Cheng, DNP; Dasso and Velasco (ND) def. Duffy and Leigh Weinraub, 8-2; Porter and Guignon (NW) def. Kelley Olson and Zalinski, 8-3.


     
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