Notre Dame Women's Tennis | Jan. 31, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- In a series of tough matches and close tiebreakers, the University of Notre Dame women's tennis team claimed victory today over the Fighting Illini, 4-3.
"I thought Illinois played really well," says head coach Jay Louderback. "Especially at some spots in singles. They played very well. It was a little disappointing how we competed today, because you always know Illinois is going to compete hard and well. The tiebreakers make things interesting."
The Irish had to battle to claim the doubles point to start off the match. Although they were up early, senior Jennifer Kellner and freshman Monica Robinson fell at No. 2 doubles to Allison Falkin and Jerricka Boone, 6-2. It was the duo's first loss together.
Senior Julie Sabacinksi and freshman Mary Closs were next off the court at No. 3, having beaten Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong, 6-4. The doubles point came down to the match at No. 1, where senior Britney Sanders and sophomore Quinn Gleason were tied at 5-5 with Melissa Kopinski and Alexis Casati. Sanders and Gleason went on to win the next two games for the Irish, taking the match, 7-5, and the doubles point.