March 2, 2018
By Michael Scholl
NOTRE DAME, Indiana -- The Notre Dame women's tennis team is set for a pair of matches against the Big Ten this weekend, as the Fighting Irish host Iowa on Saturday and travel to Purdue on Sunday.
WHO: Iowa (6-3) at Notre Dame (6-2)
WHEN: Saturday, March 3 | Noon ET
WHERE: Eck Tennis Pavilion | Notre Dame, IN
LIVE: UND.com (video & scoring)
On The Fighting Irish
Notre Dame is ending a five-match homestand on Saturday when it plays host to Iowa at Noon at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Irish are 4-0 during the homestand and a perfect 6-0 in the friendly confines of The Eck this season.
Senior Allison Miller boasts Notre Dame's top singles record, with a 5-1 mark on court two this spring. Freshman Cameron Corse is 4-1 playing at four singles on the year. On the doubles side, Corse and sophomore Zoe Spence boast a 5-2 record at two doubles.
The Irish own victories over Indiana (4-3), Wright State (7-0), Pitt (4-0) and Bowling Green (6-1) during their four match winning streak. The only two losses on the dual season came at No. 22 Ohio State and at ACC foe Louisville.
On The Hawkeyes
Iowa visits The Eck with a 6-3 record on the year, including a 2-1 mark when playing away from Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won two straight, with home victories over Marquette and Bradley. Their last loss came in their last road match, a 6-1 setback at No. 24 Illinois. Iowa has road victories this year at Montana and SMU.
Elise van Heuvelen has played the majority of the year at one singles, going 4-3. The top singles record comes from Yufei Long, who is 6-0 playing at three singles and is 9-0 in singles matches in 2018. Iowa's one doubles pairing of Long and Zoe Douglas is 5-1, while van Heuvelen and Montana Crawford are 4-2 at two singles.
The Irish have won 19 of 20 matches against Iowa, including 17 of 18 under head coach Jay Louderback. The teams last met in 2013, when the 18th-ranked Irish traveled to Iowa City and returned with a 4-3 victory.
On The Boilermakers
Purdue will play host to the Irish with a 6-4 record in 2018 and 5-2 mark when playing in West Lafayette. The Boilers are coming off a split weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which saw them fall to No. 15 Kansas (6-1), before defeating the host Razorbacks, 4-3. Purdue's other setbacks this season have come at home to Tulsa, in a trip to Washington State and at home against No. 23 Ole Miss.
Purdue's remaining victories this season have come against Cincinnati, Butler, Saint Louis, Valparaiso and DePaul.
Notre Dame is 24-6 all-time against Purdue and 18-3 in the Louderback era. The teams met a season ago at the Eck Tennis Pavilion, resulting in a 5-2 Irish win.
The Irish take a nine-day break before making a quick trip to Fort Myers, Florida, over spring break. On Tuesday, March 13, the Irish will play a doubleheader at Florida Gulf Coast, taking on Minnesota at 10 a.m. before facing the Eagles at 5 p.m. Those are the final non-conference matches of the year for Notre Dame.
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Michael Scholl has been a member of the Fighting Irish Media communications staff at his alma mater since August 2016. He serves as the secondary contact for the Irish football and hockey teams while coordinating communications efforts for the women's tennis program. Scholl has previously worked in communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Providence College, Vanderbilt University and the University of Cincinnati. The South Bend, Indiana, native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts and Letters in 2009.