Joanne Norell | March 17, 2017
Playing on the road against a nationally ranked opponent is no easy task but, like in most tough situations the Notre Dame women’s tennis team has found itself in this season, the Irish battled until coming away with a victory.
Facing a fierce opponent in No. 43 William & Mary, the 34th-ranked Irish withstood the Tribe’s challenge in singles and came away with a 5-2 win to assemble their best winning streak since 2010.
How It Happened
The Irish (13-1) opened the match with doubles wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Senior Jane Fennelly and freshman Zoe Spence opened with a dominating 6-1 win over Natalia Perry and Cecily Wuenscher, while juniors Allison Miller and Brooke Broda clinched the point with a 6-4 decision over Ekaterina Stepanova and Olivia Thaler.
The Irish took a 2-0 lead thanks to a 6-1, 6-3 victory by sophomore Rachel Chong over Olivia Thaler at the No. 6 spot.
The Tribe (6-8) responded, however, with two wins on Courts 5 and 1. Rose Cheng defeated senior Mary Closs 7-6(7), 6-1, while senior Monica Robinson fell to Stepanova 6-2, 7-6(4).
Miller put the Irish back on top, defeating Lauren Goodman 6-2, 7-6(3) at the No. 3 position while Broda and Spence battled in third sets in their respective matches. It was ultimately Broda who clinched for the Irish, dominating in the final set to defeat Marie Faure 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Spence wrapped up the victory with her own, winning her final three games to defeat Perry 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.