Syracuse Tennis falls at No. 27 Notre Dame, 5-2

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Against a top-30 team, Syracuse couldn't burst out of an early hole.

Two days after coming back from dropping the doubles point on Friday, Syracuse did not come back on Sunday in a 5-2 loss to No. 27 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Syracuse’s (3-7, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) first doubles pairing of Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez bounced back from its loss on Friday to win in first doubles against Notre Dame (11-1, 4-0). They defeated Brooke Broda and Monica Robinson, 6-4, for SU’s only doubles win of the day.

In second doubles, Notre Dame’s Mary Closs and Allison Miller defeated Syracuse’s Maria Tritou and Libi Mesh, 6-4. And in third doubles, the last doubles match to finish, Notre Dame secured the doubles point behind a 6-3 win by Jane Fennelly and Zoe Spence over Syracuse’s Dina Hegab and Anna Shkudun.

Singles started well for Syracuse, with Gabriela Knutson defeating Notre Dame’s Allison Miller, 6-1, 6-2. Fifth singles was the next to finish, with Maria Tritou losing both sets to Notre Dame’s Mary Closs, 7-5, 6-2. First singles was a victory for Notre Dame’s Monica Robinson over SU’s Anna Shkudun, 6-3, 6-1. The clincher for Notre Dame came in fourth singles, as the Irish’s Zoe Spence defeated Syracuse’s Libi Mesh, 6-4, 6-2. Dina Hegab lost in sixth singles to ND’s Rachel Chong, 6-3, 6-2.

The last match to finish was second singles, with Syracuse’s Miranda Ramirez defeating Notre Dame’s Brooke Broda, 6-4, 4-6, (10-3). Ramirez has now won seven singles matches in a row, hindered only by an abandonment of her match against Denver.

Syracuse does not play this upcoming week and returns to action March 14 against Navy.


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