Joanne Norell | March 7, 2017
The No. 27 University of Notre Dame women's tennis team hit the midpoint of its season Sunday but showed no signs of slowing down, winning its eighth straight match and remaining undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 5-2 victory over Syracuse at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
How It Happened
The Irish (11-1, 4-0 ACC) took the doubles point, holding off a surge by the Orange (3-7, 1-2 ACC) to win matches on Courts 2 and 3. Notre Dame held 4-1 leads on Courts 1 and 2 before Syracuse made runs at each position. At No. 2, junior Allison Miller and senior Mary Closs held on to win 6-4 over Maria Tritou and Libi Mesh, but Syracuse completed the comeback at No. 1 with Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez defeating junior Brooke Broda and senior Monica Robinson. Notre Dame clinched the point on Court 3, with senior Jane Fennelly and freshman Zoe Spence recording a 6-3 victory over Dina Hageb and Anna Shkudun.
Syracuse evened the score with the first decision in singles, with Knutson defeating Miller 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot. The Irish had won first sets on four of the remaining courts, however, and quickly made up ground by closing out straight-set victories in the next three decisions.
Closs started things off with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Tritou at the No. 5 spot, followed by Robinson's 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shkudun at No. 1. Spence clinched the victory at the No. 4 position, winning 6-4, 6-2 over Mesh for her team-leading 11th dual win of the season.
The Irish extended the lead with a win on Court 6, as sophomore Rachel Chong defeated Dina Hageb 6-3, 6-2 before Syracuse tacked on a point with a win at the No. 2 spot.