May 2, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team will make its 22nd consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Championship appearance this season, as the Irish head to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Kansas in the tournament’s first round.
The No. 33 Irish (17-9) and No. 31 Kansas (13-10) will face off in the first-round match on May 13, while the host No. 4 Ohio State (28-2; No. 3 overall seed) takes on Buffalo (14-8) on the other side of the pod. The winners will match up on May 14 for the opportunity to advance to the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Georgia, where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship, May 19-23.
The matches shall be regulation dual matches. Three doubles matches consisting of six-game sets will be played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point; played the best of three sets. No-ad scoring will be used and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) will be played at six-games-all. The team winning four or more team points advances in the championship bracket.
During the championships, all matches will be stopped after the doubles point is decided. All remaining individual matches will be stopped once a team winner (four points won) has been determined. The score will only reflect completed matches. The complete list of teams and sites is included on the official bracket, which is available at www.NCAA.com.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director 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, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, and earned her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.