Women's Tennis

Inside Irish: Illinois

Feb. 10, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team returns to action on Saturday when they head south to face Big Ten opponent Illinois in Urbana, Illinois.

Match 5
Notre Dame (3-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. Illinois (1-4)
WHERE: Varsity Tennis Center | Urbana, Illinois
WHEN: Noon p.m. ET Sunday 
RESULTS: Live Stats/Video

The Last Meeting
Notre Dame5
January 31, 2016
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
No. 33 Irish Upend No. 53 Illinois 5-2 In Sunday Opener
The No. 33 University of Notre Dame women's tennis team found its footing in the first match of Sunday's doubleheader, defeating No. 53 Illinois 5-2 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion to stop a two-match losing streak.

On The Illini

  • Illinois enters the weekend with a 1-4 record and will welcome Middle Tennessee State on Friday before facing the Irish on Saturday. The lone win for the Illini came in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend against Georgia State, but have losses against Alabama, Washington, then-No. 6 Georgia and then-No. 14 Auburn.
  • Illinois is led in winning percentage by Madie Baillon who is 7-4 overall and 3-2 in dual play. Baillon and Jaclyn Switkes are 7-4 overall in doubles.
  • Notre Dame is 27-8 in the all-time series against Illinois, including 23-2 under head coach Jay Louderback.

Last Time Out

The Irish took their first loss of the season last Friday, falling to No. 13 Michigan 6-1 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Freshman Zoe Spence tallied the lone point for the Irish, winning in straight sets at No. 4 singles to improve to 4-0 on the season.



Rankings Rundown

Junior Brooke Broda and senior Monica Robinson entered the Oracle/ITA DIvision I National Women’s Doubles Rankings this week, debuting at No. 32. The duo are 8-4 overall on the season, and 2-2 in dual play.

Rating Recruiting

For the first time since 2014, the Irish will welcome a top-10 recruiting class in the fall of 2017, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network. The Irish will welcome a trio of five-star prospects in Caroline Dunleavy, Cameron Corse and Ally Bojczuk, who all signed National Letters of Intent during the November signing period.

Keeping Up With The Irish

All indoor home matches will be streamed live on WatchND. Live scoring will be available for all home tennis matches at UND.com, with links for each match available on the women’s tennis schedule page. Live match updates will also be shared on the team’s Twitter account, @NDWomensTennis.


To keep up with all things Irish women's tennis, be sure to follow @NDWomensTennis on Twitter and like Notre Dame Women's Tennis on Facebook.


Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master's degree from Georgetown University in 2013.

Event Calendar


March 17
W, 4-1
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
March 19
L, 4-3
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
WatchND Tennis
March 24
L, 4-3
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
March 26
12:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
March 31
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
April 7
4:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 9
11:00 AM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

Live Stats
April 13
4:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)

ACC Network Extra
April 15
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
April 23
12:00 PM
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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