May 16, 1998
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. --- The University of Notre Dame women's tennis team posted a 5-1 win over Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regional. Notre Dame will now face UCLA in the regional final on Sunday as the Bruins were a 5-0 winner in the other semifinal.
Notre Dame is the No. 2 seed in the event while UCLA is No. 1 and Wisconsin was No. 3. The winner of the regional advances to the 16-team NCAA Championship, which begins at Notre Dame on Thursday.
Notre Dame freshman Michelle Dasso had the clinching match for the Irish on Saturday at No. 2 singles as she posted a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Andrea Nathan. Other winners on the day for the Irish 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.
Barbara Urbanska (W) def. Jennifer Hall, 6-0, 5-7, 6-1; Michelle Dasso (N) def. Andrea Nathan, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3; Marisa Velasco (N) def. Tracy Zobrist, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Tiffany Gates (N) def. Marjon Copier, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1; Kelly Zalinski (N) def. Roz Sweeney, 6-4, 6-3; Kim Guy (N) def. Dena Banitot, 7-5, 6-2.
Gates and Hall (N) vs. Urbanska and Copier, did not play; Dasso and Velasco (N) vs. Zobrist and Nathan, did not play; Kelley Olson and Zalinski (N) vs. Baritot and April Gabler, susp.