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    March 11, 1998

    Notre Dame Women's Tennis Falls To #1 Florida 7-2

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Notre Dame's 18th-ranked women's tennis team lost four of six singles match and was swept in doubles as top-ranked Florida handed the Irish a 7-2 loss in the Excalibur Challenge at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev. The loss drops Notre Dame to 11-4 on the season.

    Freshman Michelle Dasso and junior Marissa Velasco won three-set matches at Nos. 2 and 3 singles for Notre Dame's only wins. Dasso rallied for a 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over MC White. Velasco held off Whitney Laiho 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Florida won the other four singles matches in straight sets before sweeping the doubles.

    Notre Dame continues its spring break with a 1:00 p.m. Saturday match against fourth-ranked Texas in Austin, Texas.

    #1 FLORIDA 7, #18 NOTRE DAME 2

    No. 1:  Dawn Buth (UF) def. 
            Jennifer Hall (ND) 6-3, 6-3
    No. 2:  Michelle Dasso (ND) def. 
            MC White (UF) 2-6, 7-6, 6-3
    No. 3:  Marissa Velasco (ND) def. 
            Whitney Laiho (UF) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
    No. 4:  Stephanie Nickitas (UF) def. 
            Tiffany Gates (ND) 6-3, 6-3
    No. 5:  Traci Green (UF) def. 
            Kelly Zalinski (ND) 6-3, 6-3
    No. 6:  Bonnie Bleecker (UF) def. 
            Kelley Olson (ND) 6-2, 6-3
    No: 1:  Buth/Nickitas (UF) def. 
            Gates/Hall 8-5
    No. 2:  Stephanie Hazlett/Laiho (UF) def. 
            Dasso/Velasco (ND) 8-5
    No. 3:  White/Bleecker (UF) def. 
            Olson/Zalinski (ND) 8-4
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