Huskies knocked down in fight with Irishmen

Women’s tennis falls to 3-2 after the first road loss of 2022 against Notre Dame.

FromKALB – The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended the women’s tennis team’s three-game winning streak in a 5-2 win at South Bend on Sunday.

Senior Christy Robinson and rookie Reagan Welch had NIU’s only wins of the day. Welch’s first round against Notre Dame senior Maeve Koscielski ended in a 6-2 win. The next round saw both players battle for play ball before Welch edged Koscielski 7-6 to claim the match win at No. 4.

Robinson’s first round against Notre Dame sophomore Sydney Sforzo went poorly as Sforzo took an early lead with a 6-1 win. Robinson turned the tide the next round with a 6-0 shutout before dominating the tiebreaker 6-1 to claim the Huskies’ second win of the day.

“Reagan and Christy played very well to get those points,” head coach Eric Burns said in a news release from NIU Athletics. “Really, at every level, we put pressure on them and played some really good sets.”

The remaining Huskies did not share similar fortunes as the Fighting Irish emerged victorious in the other four singles matches.

Notre Dame continued its winning ways with a complete sweep of the Huskies in all three doubles games. First year Erika Dimitriev and second Anastasia Rakita proved the toughest for the Irish in doubles, finishing the duel 7-5. The other two doubles matches saw Notre Dame claim 6-1 victories in each.

“I’m really proud of the effort against a very strong (Atlantic Coast Conference) team,” Burns said. “A performance like this gives us confidence that we can play anyone.

NIU’s overall record drops to 3-2 after Sunday’s loss to end the weekend as Notre Dame slips away at 5-2.

The Huskies will have their next chance to add to the win column on Friday as they prepare to start a six-game home series. NIU hosts Marquette University and the University of St. Francis Friday at Chick Evans Field House in DeKalb. The Huskies take on the Marquette Golden Eagles at 1 p.m. before facing the St. Francis Fighting Saints at 6 p.m.