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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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September 30
NTS
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
RECAP
October 1
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
October 1
All Day
All-American Championships - Pre-Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 2
All Day
All-American Championships - Pre-Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 2
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
October 4
All Day
All-American Championships - Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 5
All Day
All-American Championships - Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 6
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 7
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 8
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 9
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 20
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships - Qualifying
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships - Qualifying
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 24
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 25
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
November 4
All Day
Lakewood Ranch Invitational
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
November 5
All Day
Lakewood Ranch Invitational
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
November 5
All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
November 5
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
November 6
All Day
Lakewood Ranch Invitational
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
January 22
10:00 AM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
3:00 PM
Wright State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 29
10:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Alpha Tennis & Fitness Club)
February 3
3:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
11:00 AM
Illinois
Champaign, Ill. (Varsity Tennis Center)
February 18
10:00 AM
Indiana
Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
February 19
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
February 22
5:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 25
10:00 AM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 25
3:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
4:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 5
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 13
3:00 PM
Norfolk State
Norfolk, Va. (NSU Tennis Complex)
March 15
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Williamsburg, Va. (McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center)
March 17
TBA
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
March 19
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
4:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 26
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 31
TBA
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
April 7
4:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 9
11:00 AM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 13
4:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
April 15
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
April 23
12:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
April 26
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 27
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 30
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD

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