ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Notre Dame women's tennis team opened its final regular season road trip of 2013 with a 6-1 win Saturday over Central Florida at the UCF Tennis Complex. The meeting was the first all-time between the schools.
Notre Dame (13-8) took two of three doubles decisions to claim the match's first point. The No. 60 ranked tandem of Chrissie McGaffigan and Jennifer Kellner cruised to an 8-2 victory at the first doubles court. No. 62 Julie Sabacinski and Britney Sanders turned in a similar 8-2 performance over Caroline Eberhart and Courtney Griffith at the No. 2 court to earn the doubles win for the Irish.
Quinn Gleason and Katherine White led the UCF (13-7) duo of Jenna Doerfler and Sofia Baptista 5-3 when the match was abandoned after Notre Dame clinched the doubles victory.
All five Notre Dame singles wins came in straight sets. Kellner was victorious at the No. 2 singles court, downing Doerfler 6-2, 6-3.
Gleason won her team-high 16th dual match of the season at third singles against Josephine Haraldson. The Notre Dame freshman defeated her UCF counterpart 6-1, 6-2.
McGaffigan claimed her fourth straight match at No. 4 singles, blanking Eberhart 6-2, 6-2. White added a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Baptista for the fifth Notre Dame point of the day.
Freshman Julie Vrabel won her first career singles match at the No. 6 court. Vrabel defeated Clare Mendell 6-3, 6-1 to cap the Irish scoring.
Notre Dame closes the 2013 regular season at South Florida Sunday at 11 a.m. on the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
No. 25 Notre Dame 6, Central Florida 1
April 13, 2013
UCF Tennis Complex
1. Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) def. No. 40 Britney Sanders (ND) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)
2. Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Jenna Doerfler (UCF) 6-2, 6-3)
3. Quinn Gleason (ND) def. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 6-1, 6-2
4. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) def. Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 6-2, 6-2
5. Katherine White (ND) def. Sofia Baptista (UCF) 6-4, 6-2
6. Julie Vrabel (ND) def. Clare Mendell (UCF) 6-3, 6-1
1. No. 60 McGaffigan/Kellner (ND) def. Haraldson/Lorbergs (UCF) 8-2
2. No. 62 Julie Sabacinski/Sanders (ND) def. Eberhart/Courtney Griffith (UCF) 8-2
3. Gleason/White (ND) vs. Doerfler/Baptista (UCF) 5-3, unfinished
Notre Dame 13-8; National ranking #25