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Notre Dame Takes On Virginia Tech On Its Senior Day
Seniors Jennifer Kellner and Julie Sabacinski
 
Seniors Jennifer Kellner and Julie Sabacinski

April 10, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team will be taking to the courts of the Eck Tennis Pavilion for the last time this season tomorrow. The Irish will take on Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m.

Head coach Jay Louderback says he is looking forward to keeping the momentum that his team has established in the last few weeks. Notre Dame has swept its last four opponents, making this its longest winning streak of the season. 

Friday also marks “Senior Day” for the women’s team. Julie Sabacinski, Britney Sander and Jennifer Kellner will all be graduating from the University of Notre Dame in May after playing on the team for four years. Louderback says that the three of them have brought a tough, competitive spirit to both every match and the Notre Dame program.

Two-time captain Jennifer Kellner has started in both the doubles and singles lineups since her freshman year. She earned BIG EAST Academic All-Star accolades all three years that she played in the BIG EAST and was named to the all-BIG East her freshman and junior years. Last year, she was one of just five Notre Dame student-athletes to receive a BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award.

“We always know what we are going to get from Jen,” Louderback explains. “She is very consistent in her play and has given us four years of big wins in tight situations.”

Britney Sanders was unanimously named the BIG EAST Conference Play of the Year last year after taking down several higher-ranked players at No. 1 singles. She leads the Irish again this year at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, where she and partner Quinn Gleason have earned the current ranking of 11th in the country. Britney herself has been ranked as highly as 35th in singles nationally.


 

 

“Britney has improved to the point where she is very tough at No. 1 singles and doubles,” Louderback says. “Her ability to raise her game against top players has legitimized the top of our line up.”

Julie Sabacinski is another player who has contributed to Notre Dame’s success since she was a freshman. Last year, she was selected to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team and along with partner Britney Sanders, was ranked as highly as 30th in doubles. This year, she and partner Jennifer Kellner have anchored the doubles play, going 7-3 at No. 2.

“Julie brings a great deal of tennis knowledge to the court,” Louderback adds. “She has been a big reason for the success we have had in doubles the past four years.  She does a great job of passing that knowledge along to her younger teammates.”

The action gets started tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Providing that the weather is good, the men’s tennis team will also be taking on Miami at the same time at the Eck. 

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant

Written features on each of the seniors from this season: 

Jennifer Kellner 

Julie Sabacinski

Britney Sanders

--ND--

Event Calendar

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February 12
3:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 14
1:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
February 17
TBA
Purdue
West Lafayette, Ind. (Schwartz Tennis Center)
February 20
11:00 AM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 21
2:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 26
TBA
Boston College
Boston, Mass. (TBA)
February 28
TBA
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Drumlins Tennis Center)
March 6
TBA
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
March 8
9:00 AM
East Carolina
Puerto Rico (TBA)
March 8
3:00 PM
LIU Brooklyn
Puerto Rico (TBA)
March 18
3:30 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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March 24
TBA
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
March 26
11:00 AM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
April 1
3:30 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 3
TBA
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Center)
April 8
3:30 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 10
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 15
3:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion or Courtney Tennis Center)

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April 17
TBA
Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia (Snyder Tennis Complex)
April 20
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 21
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 22
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 23
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)
April 24
All Day
ACC Championship
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Center)

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