Women's Tennis


March 28, 1998

Notre Dame Falls to Kentucky

No. 16 Irish Lose to No. 24 Wildcats, 5-4

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's 16th-ranked women's tennis team lost two of three doubles matches as 24th-ranked Kentucky upset the Irish 5-4 on Saturday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Irish and Wildcats split the six singles matched before Kentucky posted wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles for the win. The loss drops Notre Dame to 12-6 while Kentucky improves to 10-5.

Notre Dame took a 3-1 lead in the match thanks to singles wins by Kelly Zalinski, Tiffany Gates and Michelle Dasso. Zalinski won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles over Carolina Kirk and Gates won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 over Christy Sigurski. Dasso then improved to 17-0 in dual meets in her freshman season with a tough 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 win over Kelly Brown at No. 2 singles. Brooke Skeen had beaten Kelley Olson at No. 6 singles 7-5, 6-1 to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Wildcats then rallied with a pair of three-set wins in the final two singles matches. Massoumeh Emami rallied from a 3-0 third-set deficit for a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 win over Jennifer Hall at No. 1 singles. Kathy Herring completed the comeback with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Marisa Velasco at No. 3 singles.

Brown and Emami put Kentucky up 4-3 with an 8-6 win over Gates and Hall at No. 1 doubles. Dasso and Velasco won the final three games of the set for an 8-6 over Sigurski and Skeen to knot the match at 4-4. Herring and Kirk rallied Kentucky once again for an 8-5 win over Olson and Zalinski at No. 3 doubles after trailing 3-0.

#24 Kentucky 5, #16 Notre Dame 4

No. 1: Massoumeh Emami (UK) def. Jennifer Hall (ND) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6
No. 2: Michelle Dasso (ND) def. Kelly Brown (UK) 6-0, 5-7, 6-3
No. 3: Kathy Herring (UK) def. Marisa Velasco (ND) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 4: Tiffany Gates (ND) def. Christy Sigurski (UK) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5: Kelly Zalinski (ND) def. Carolina Kirk (UK) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6: Brooke Skeen (UK) def. Kelley Olson (ND) 7-5, 6-1

No. 1: Brown/Emami (UK) def. Gates/Hall (ND) 8-6
No. 2: Dasso/Velasco (ND) def. Sigurski/Skeen (UK) 8-6
No. 3: Herring Kirk (UK) def. Olson/Zalinski (ND) 8-5

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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