June 5, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Former University of Notre Dame women’s tennis star Quinn Gleason checked off a major box within the first year of her professional tennis career Saturday, claiming her first professional title at the ITF Villa del Dique event in Argentina.
Gleason (‘16) defeated three seeded opponents in five matches, including No. 1 seed Victoria Bosio of Argentina in the title match. She bounced Brazil’s Giovanna Tomita 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round; No. 4 Julieta Lara Estable of Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the second round; Argentina’s No. 6 Martina Capurro Taborda 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinal; and Argentina’s Stephanie Mariel Petit 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the semifinal. After dropping the first set to Bosio in the championship match, Gleason came back to win 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2.
The Mendon, New York, native was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (2015, 2016) selection, an all-BIG EAST (2013) pick and a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier. As a freshman, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and, as a sophomore, was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Player to Watch. Gleason was also a two-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree (2014, 2016) and a 2013 BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
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.