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Friday, March 1, 2024
The Observer

Women’s tennis returns home to face Miami, Florida State and Oakland

The Notre Dame women’s tennis team returns home this weekend after last week’s winning sweep against Boston College and Syracuse, which allowed them to improve to 11-8 on the season and 4-5 in the ACC with the wins. The Irish will play the University of Miami on Friday, April 8, followed by both Florida State and Oakland on Sunday, all at home. 

Last weekend, sophomore pair Julia Andreach and Yashna Yellayi, as well the freshmen pair Carrie Beckman and Nibedita Ghosh racked up the doubles points against Boston College. Both pairs earned wins of 6-3 winning second and third respectively. In the singles match, the Irish and Eagles split the wins, with Andreach in second with scores of 6-4, 4-6 and 7-5, Yellayi winning twice with a score of 6-4 and Ghosh winning twice at 6-3. 

In Sunday’s match against the Orange, the Irish initially dropped the doubles points before getting straight set wins from junior Page Freeman and Andreach. Simultaneously, the Irish took the fifth and sixth flights by default. 

Looking ahead to this weekend, the 13-3 ranked Hurricanes will present a challenging match, coming off two wins over Duke and Columbia. Miami’s last game against Duke was its fifth win of the season over a top-20 opponent. One Miami player the Irish have to look out for is Daevenia Achong, who has moved up to No. 28 in the country and is currently on a 12-match winning streak. 

Sunday’s match should be a chance for the Irish to dominate against Florida State (10-8) and Oakland (6-7). The Irish will have to keep an eye out for Florida State’s No. 15 ranked singles player Petra Hule, who currently holds a 16-1 individual streak. Oakland is entering the match hungry for a win after a three-loss streak, however the recent energy displayed by the Irish indicates they won’t let them have it. 

The match against Miami begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Eck Tennis Pavilion. Sunday’s match against Florida State starts at 11 a.m. at home, followed by the match against Oakland at 4 p.m.