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.
WHO: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.