No. 5 Irish Womenıs
Tennis Advances to NCAA Round of 16 with
4-1 Win Over Michigan
Notre Dame will make its eighth trip
to the NCAA Round of 16.
May 9, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. The fifth-ranked
Irish womenıs tennis team punched their
ticket to the NCAA round of 16 in
College Station, Texas Saturday with a
4-1 win over No. 17 Michigan.
Notre Dame improved to 26-4 on the
season and 12-2 in NCAA action at home.
The Irish will make their eighth trip
to the NCAA round of 16.
The Irish clinched a 1-0 lead after
battling to take the doubles point.
Second-ranked Kelcy Tefft and Kristy
Frilling downed Tania Mahtani and
Chisako Sugiyama, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles.
Tefft and Frilling went up 3-0 before
relinquishing a point, then won the
final four games to take the match.
Shannon Mathews and Colleen Rielley
clinched the point for the Irish with an
8-5 comeback win over Lindsey Howard
and Denise Muresan, at No. 3 doubles.
Mathews and Rielley were down 0-3 to
begin the match, before rallying to take
five of the next six games. After tying
the match at 4-4, the Irish never gave
up the lead.
The No. 2 doubles team of Cosmina
Ciobanu and Kali Krisik were leading
Whitney Taney and Rika Tatsuno, 7-4,
when the match was halted.
Frilling put the Irish up 2-0 with a
6-2, 6-1 win over Tatsuno at No. 2
singles. Frilling was down 0-1 in the
second set, before taking six straight
to win the match.
Mathews topped Taney, 6-0, 6-4, at
fourth singles to give the Irish a 3-0
lead. After dominating the first set,
Mathews battled from a 1-2, then a 2-3
deficit for the win. After tying the set
at 3-3, Mathews won three of the next
four games to earn the victory.
Michelle Sulahian gave the Wolverines
their only point of the day with a 6-3,
6-3 win over Kristen Rafael at No. 6
With the Irish down at No. 3 singles
and even at No. 5, Tefft stepped up to
clinch the win for Notre Dame with a
6-1, 6-4 victory over Sugiyama at first
singles. After easing through the first
set, Tefft and Sugiyama battled
back-and-forth through the second set,
before Tefft won the final two games for
Michiganıs Muresan was leading
Ciobanu 7-6 (9-7), 2-2 at third singles,
while Krisik and Mahtani were even at
1-6, 6-3, at No. 5 singles when the
match was called.
The Irish will travel to College
Station, Texas next weekend to take on
12th-ranked Clemson in the round of 16.
#5 Notre Dame 4, #17 Michigan 1
1. Kelcy Tefft (ND) def. Chisako
Sugiyama (UM) 6-1, 6-4 2. Kristy
Frilling (ND) def. Rika Tatsuno (UM)
6-2, 6-1 3. Cosmina Ciobanu (ND) vs.
Denise Muresan (UM) 6-7 (7-9), 2-2,
unfinished 4. Shannon Mathews (ND) def.
Whitney Taney (UM) 6-0, 6-4 5. Kali
Krisik (ND) vs. Tania Mahtani (UM) 1-6,
6-3, unfinished 6. Michelle Sulahian
(UM) def. Kristen Rafael (ND) 6-3, 6-3
1. Kelcy Tefft/Kristy Frilling (ND)
def. Chisako Sugiyama/Tania Mahtani (UM)
2. Cosmina Ciobanu/Kali Krisik (ND)
vs. Whitney Taney/Rika Tatsuno (UM) 7-4,
unfinished 3. Shannon Mathews/Colleen
Rielley (ND) def. Lindsey Howard/Denise
Michigan 18-7; National ranking #17
Notre Dame 26-4; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3);
Singles (2,4,6,1) NCAA Second Round