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Irish Tennis Ranked 19th In ITA Preseason Rankings
Junior Jennifer Kellner and sophomore Molly O'Koniewski were tabbed at the 40th-best doubles team in the first ITA spring rankings
 
Junior Jennifer Kellner and sophomore Molly O'Koniewski were tabbed at the 40th-best doubles team in the first ITA spring rankings

Jan. 4, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame women's tennis team has been tabbed in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings for the 23rd straight season. The team will open its dual match schedule ranked 19th in the ITA polls, which was released Thursday evening. The Fighting Irish have appeared in every addition of the preseason ITA poll dating back to the 1990-91 season.

Beginning Jan. 22 and continuing bi-weekly through June 5, a new set of team rankings will be released. Starting Feb. 12 and continuing bi-weekly through June 5, new sets of singles and doubles rankings will be released.

Notre Dame placed among the top 20 of the first ITA poll for the seventh straight year, dating back to the 2006-07 season (4th). The Fighting Irish finished 2012 with a 21-8 record, ultimately reaching the second round of the NCAA Team Championship.

Known for playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation each season, Notre Dame will face 15 teams ranked in the preseason ITA top 75, with Duke (3), Georgia (6), Northwestern (13), Baylor (15), Michigan (16), Nebraska (17) and Georgia Tech (20) among the nation's top-20 teams.

Junior Britney Sanders (Ontario, Calif.) was the only Fighting Irish player included in the opening ITA singles poll, checking in at the 58th position, a career-best ranking. Sanders posted a 9-2 singles mark during the fall slate, reaching the final match of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Urbana, Ill. last October.

Sanders and fellow junior Julie Sabacinski (Plantation, Fla.) turned a successful fall campaign into a No. 20 ranking in the inaugural ITA poll, a career-high for both players. The pairing was 8-2 during the latter half of 2012, advancing to the championship match of the USTA/Midwest Regionals.

One other Notre Dame duo cracked the top-60 doubles tandems, as junior Jennifer Kellner (Smithtown, N.Y.) and sophomore Molly O'Koniewski (Hilton Head, S.C.) enter dual match play as the 40th-best team according to the ITA. Kellner and O'Koniewski logged a perfect 2-0 mark during fall play.

The Fighting Irish open the 2013 regular season Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. against Bowling Green inside the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

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Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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3:00 PM
Wright State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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10:00 AM
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3:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
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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
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 5
12:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 13
3:00 PM
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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
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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
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Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
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