No. 5 Irish Cruise Past
UIC, 4-0; Advance to Second-Round Match
Ciobanu clinched win
for the Irish at No. 3 singles.
May 8, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. The fifth-ranked
Irish womenıs tennis team eased through
the first round of the NCAA tournament
Friday with a 4-0 win over Illinois
Chicago at the Courtney Tennis Center.
The Irish are now 25-4 on the season
and 11-2 in NCAA matches at home.
The Irish jumped out to an early 1-0
lead after clinching the doubles point.
At No. 3 doubles, Shannon Mathews and
Colleen Rielley cruised to an 8-0 win
over Jenna Reisch and Ulrikke von Ubisch,
before Cosmina Ciobanu and Kali Krisik
bested Elena Antakova and Illinca
Crestescu, 8-1, to clinch the point at
No. 2 doubles. Ciobanu and Krisik jumped
out to a 6-0 lead, before giving up the
point to the Flames, then taking the
next two to win the match.
Kelcy Tefft and Kristy Frilling were
leading Mariya Kovaleva and Kristen
McPhillips, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles when
the match was called.
Mathews put the Irish up 2-0 with a
6-0, 6-1 win over Antakova at No. 4
singles. Mathews scored five straight in
the first set, then notched the last
four points of the second set to earn
Kristen Rafael downed Reisch, 6-0,
6-0, at No. 6 singles to earn Notre
Dameıs third point of the match. Ciobanu
topped McPhillips, 6-1, 6-2, at No.
3 singles to clinch the win for the
Tefft was leading Kovaleva, 6-1, 5-0,
at No. 1 singles when the match was
retired. Frilling was up 6-2, 4-1, at
No. 2 singles and Krisik led Amy Jellish,
6-3, 2-2 at fifth singles when the match
The Irish notched 65 total singles
points compared to UICıs 14.
Notre Dame will now take on Michigan
Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Courtney
Tennis Center, with the winner advancing
to the round of 16.
Tickets for Saturdayıs match are $5
for adults and $3 for youth and senior
Earlier on Friday, Michigan earned
their ticket to the second round with a
4-2 victory over Sacramento State.
The Wolverines earned the doubles point
with wins at first and second doubles.
Michiganıs Rika Matsuno downed the
Hornetsı Maria Meliuk at No. 2 singles,
before Joyce Martinez Gutierrez, of
Sacramento State, topped Michiganıs
Michelle Sulahian to pull the Hornets
within 2-1. Michiganıs Denise Muresan
defeated Sacramento Stateıs Melissa
Valenzuela at third singles to put
Michigan up 3-1, but the Hornetsı
Katrina Zheltova bested Michiganıs
Chisako Sugiyama at No. 1 singles to
make it a
3-2 game. The Wolverinesı Tania
Mahtani outlasted Sacramento Stateıs
Clarisse Baca, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), at No. 5
singles to clinch the win for Michigan.
#5 Notre Dame 4, Illinois Chicago 0
1. Kelcy Tefft (ND) vs. Mariya
Kovaleva (UIC) 6-1, 5-0, unfinished 2.
Kristy Frilling (ND) vs. Ilinca
Cristescu (UIC) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished 3.
Cosmina Ciobanu (ND) def. Kristen
McPhillips (UIC) 6-1, 6-2 4. Shannon
Mathews (ND) def. Elena Antakova (UIC)
6-0, 6-1 5. Kali Krisik (ND) vs. Amy
Jellish (UIC) 6-3, 2-2, unfinished 6.
Kristen Rafael (ND) def. Jenna Reisch
(UIC) 6-0, 6-0
1. Kelcy Tefft/Kristy Frilling (ND)
vs. Mariya Kovaleva/Kristen McPhillips
(UIC) 6-2, unfinished
2. Cosmina Ciobanu/Kali Krisik (ND)
def. Elena Antakova/Ilinca Cristescu
3. Shannon Mathews/Colleen Rielley
(ND) def. Jenna Reisch/Ulrikke von
Illinois Chicago 15-8
Notre Dame 25-4; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2);
Singles (4,6,3) NCAA First Round