Joanne Norell | January 25, 2018
The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team won its 15th consecutive dual season opener Tuesday, defeating Western Michigan 7-0 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
How It Happened
The Irish swept their way to the doubles point to take the early lead. Freshman Ally Bojczuk and junior Rachel Chong started things off with a 6-2 win over Denise Azcui and Jeryn Jack on Court 3, while freshman Cameron Corse and sophomore Zoe Spence clinched the point with a 6-2 win against Barbare Eristavi and Gabriela Slavova at No. 2. Seniors Brooke Broda and Allison Miller also won on Court 1, 6-3 over Melina Lyubomirova and Katja Fevralev.
Notre Dame rolled again in singles. Chong made swift work of Slavova at No. 6, winning 6-0, 6-1 to put the team up 2-0. Then freshman Carolina Dunleavy defeated Jack 6-3, 6-0 on Court 5 for her first collegiate win. Corse clinched the win for the Irish with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Fevralev at No. 4, also her first dual singles win.
Spence extended the lead with her 6-2, 6-3 victory over Azcui on Court 3. Miller followed with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Lyubomirova, and Broda completed the sweep with a 6-7, 6-1, 10-2 win over Eristavi on Court 1.
Coach Louderback’s Thoughts
On the performance of the freshmen…
“We had three freshmen playing their first match, and they needed to get that first match under their belts. I thought all three started nervous, but once they got going they were fine.”
On what stood out against WMU…
“I was really happy with our doubles. We had a couple games early when we were down a break and we did a good job of not panicking and staying in there. We’ve been working on the doubles a lot and Western is notably good in the doubles, so I thought that was a great start for us.”
On the relationship between the upper- and underclassmen…
“(The upperclassmen) have done a good job with (the freshmen). They’ve taken them under their wings. In practice, even though we’ve been set with doubles teams, we’ve switched them around a little (to give them a chance to play together) and I feel like it’s a very close group. The freshmen were close coming in, but I feel like the older ones have done a good job of blending in with them.”