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The Irish Head To Michigan And Florida For Tournaments This Weekend
Senior Julie Sabacinski
 
Senior Julie Sabacinski

Nov. 7, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- The fall season is coming to a close for the Notre Dame women’s tennis team, and to wrap things up, the Irish are traveling to two different tournaments this weekend—the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and the Western Michigan Super Challenge in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The three seniors on the Irish team, Jennifer Kellner, Julie Sabacinski and Britney Sanders, as well as junior Molly O’Koniewski will make the trip down to Florida with assistant coach Catrina Thompson while the rest of the squad heads to Michigan with head coach Jay Louderback.

“It’s a great tournament down there in Florida, and we just felt like it was good for our seniors,” explains Louderback. “Julie Sabacinski—we’ve been sending her every year because she’s from that area, so it’s nice for her to go down there. So we wanted the seniors to go and then we needed one other one, and Molly had a chance to hit on clay during fall break, which really helps.”

The Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic will be held outdoors and on clay, differing tremendously from the indoor tournament in Kalamazoo. While it is unusual for the Irish to get time playing on clay, Louderback says the experience can always help the players’ games. 

“It’s a good experience because it’s a different game,” he says. “You have to think and play a lot of balls. It’s not like indoors where you just hit as hard as you can. That will be a great experience, especially for our seniors.”

Another reason that all of the seniors are traveling together is to split up the doubles teams that Notre Dame has been trying out this fall.

“In our early tournaments, we had three seniors on three different doubles teams,” Louderback says. “So this weekend, we wanted to split up the doubles teams just so that we could try something new. For us that’s going to be very big, just to see those different teams and see how they do.” 

All of the doubles teams, in both Florida and Michigan, will be testing the waters for the Irish, which is incredibly important considering that the spring season (and the ACC) are right around the corner. Louderback insists that is what the fall season is for.” 

“I think this fall has been great. I’ve been really happy with the way we’ve played, especially in our doubles. We had some who didn’t play a lot this summer, so they needed to get matches in. And I felt that they played well. We’ll see this weekend, but the reason that we have some good results is because our big thing is just getting a lot of matches in.”

Play for the Clay Court Classic begins tomorrow (Nov. 8) at the Athletic Center Lakewood Ranch and the Western Michigan Super Challenge gets underway Friday morning at Sorenson Courts as well.

“Both will be really good ends to the season,” Louderback says.

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant

 

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September 30
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
October 1
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
October 1
All Day
All-American Championships - Pre-Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 2
All Day
All-American Championships - Pre-Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 2
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
October 4
All Day
All-American Championships - Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 5
All Day
All-American Championships - Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 6
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 7
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 8
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 9
All Day
All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 20
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships - Qualifying
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships - Qualifying
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 24
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
October 25
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
November 4
All Day
Lakewood Ranch Invitational
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
November 5
All Day
Lakewood Ranch Invitational
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
November 5
All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
November 5
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
November 6
All Day
Lakewood Ranch Invitational
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA Natl Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
January 22
10:00 AM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
3:00 PM
Wright State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 29
10:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Alpha Tennis & Fitness Club)
February 3
3:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
11:00 AM
Illinois
Champaign, Ill. (Varsity Tennis Center)
February 18
10:00 AM
Indiana
Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
February 19
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
February 22
5:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 25
10:00 AM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 25
3:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
4:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 5
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 13
3:00 PM
Norfolk State
Norfolk, Va. (NSU Tennis Complex)
March 15
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Williamsburg, Va. (McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center)
March 17
TBA
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Tennis Complex)
March 19
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
4:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 26
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 31
TBA
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
April 7
4:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 9
11:00 AM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 13
4:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
April 15
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
April 23
12:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
April 26
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 27
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
April 30
All Day
ACC Championships
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