Feb. 21, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team will host a rare mid-week matchup Wednesday when the Irish face Purdue at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
On The Boilermakers
- Purdue enters Wednesday’s match with a 5-5 mark, having won its first five matches before slumping in its last five contests.
- The Irish are 23-6 all-time against the Boilermakers, including 17-3 under head coach Jay Louderback. Notre Dame defeated Purdue 6-1 last season in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Last Time Out
Notre Dame won two road matches to put together a three-match winning streak, defeating Indiana 6-1 Saturday and ACC opponent Louisville 5-2 Sunday. The Irish are now 4-0 in road matches this season. Remaining undefeated in singles were senior Monica Robinson (6-0 at No. 1 singles) and freshman Zoe Spence (7-0 at Nos. 3-6 singles). The Irish are 33-9 in dual singles matches this season.
The Irish boast three singles players with at least six wins in seven matches so far this season, led by freshman Zoe Spence at 7-0. Senior Monica Robinson is also undefeated with a 6-0 record, while junior Allison Miller sports a 6-1 mark.
The first computerized Oracle/ITA Division I National Women’s Tennis Rankings were released Tuesday, with the Irish debuting at No. 41 in the national team rankings, which features the nation’s top 50 teams. Junior Brooke Broda and junior Allison Miller entered the Oracle/ITA DIvision I National Women’s Doubles Rankings last week, coming in at No. 58, despite having not played together since the fall. Miller also entered the singles rankings at No. 118.
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.