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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

Singles
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

Doubles
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

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February 12
W, 4-3
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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February 14
L, 2-5
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
RECAP
February 17
3:00 PM
Purdue
West Lafayette, Ind. (Schwartz Tennis Center)
February 20
11:00 AM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
2:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 26
TBA
Boston College
Boston, Mass. (TBA)
February 28
TBA
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Drumlins Tennis Center)
March 6
TBA
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
March 8
9:00 AM
East Carolina
Puerto Rico (TBA)
March 8
3:00 PM
LIU Brooklyn
Puerto Rico (TBA)
March 18
3:30 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 24
TBA
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
March 26
11:00 AM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
April 1
3:30 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 3
TBA
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Center)
April 8
3:30 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 10
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 15
3:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 17
TBA
Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia (Snyder Tennis Complex)
April 20
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 21
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 22
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 23
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 24
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)

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