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Freshmen Help Tigers to Comeback Win at Notre Dame

Freshmen Help Tigers to Comeback Win at Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After falling behind 3-0 to start the match, the Clemson women’s tennis team came roaring back with four-straight singles wins, including three by freshmen, to claim a 4-3 victory on the road against Notre Dame on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Tigers improved to 9-7 overall and 7-4 in ACC play, while the Irish fell to 10-10 overall and 4-7 in conference play.

The doubles matches were highly competitive on all three courts, but the Irish picked up the win, with 6-4 victories on courts 2 and 1, in that order. When doubles play was halted, Joana Eidukonyte and Jenny Moinard were tied 6-6 and headed to a tiebreak with their Notre Dame opponent at No. 3.

The Irish’s momentum continued into the first two matches of singles play, as Notre Dame took a 3-0 lead with wins at No. 6 and No. 4, in that order. Eidukonyte picked up Clemson’s first point of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles, and the momentum began to swing toward the Tigers. Freshman Ayan Broomfield, ranked 73rd nationally, fought for a 6-2, 7-6(9-7) victory at No. 1 over 64th-ranked Quinn Gleason. With the score 3-2 in favor of the Irish, freshman Fernanda Navarro won a three-set decision at No. 3 to tie the team score. The final point came down to rookie Ally Miller-Krasilnikov at No. 5, who put up a great fight to come up with a 7-6(10-8), 6-4 win to clinch the victory for the Tigers.

Clemson has one day to travel from Notre Dame to Pittsburgh, Pa., before it faces Pitt on Sunday, April 10. The match between the Tigers and Panthers begins at noon at the Alpha Tennis & Fitness Center in Harmar, Pa.

#31 Clemson 4, #45 Notre Dame 3

SINGLES1. #73 Ayan Broomfield (CU) def. #64 Quinn Gleason (ND) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)2. #24 Joana Eidukonyte (CU) def. Allison Miller (ND) 6-2, 6-23. Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Mary Closs (ND) 3-6, 6-4, 7-54. Brooke Broda (ND) def. Tristen Dewar (CU) 6-1, 6-35. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (CU) def. Jane Fennelly (ND) 7-6 (10-8), 6-46. Rachel Chong (ND) def. Jenny Moinard (CU) 6-1, 6-2Order of finish: 6,4,2,1,3,5

DOUBLES1. Quinn Gleason/Jane Fennelly (ND) def. Fernanda Navarro/Ayan Broomfield (CU) 6-42. Mary Closs/Julie Vrabel (ND) def. Tristen Dewar/Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (CU) 6-43. Joana Eidukonyte/Jenny Moinard (CU) vs. Brooke Broda/Allison Miller (ND) 6-6, unfinishedOrder of finish: 2,1,3