May 27, 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio) and Shannon Mathews (Birmingham, Mich.), juniors on the University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team, had their season come to a close at the NCAA Doubles Championship in the Round of 16 on Friday at the Taube Family Tennis Center.
The duo ran into USC’s fourth-ranked and third-seeded pairing of Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez in the Round of 16. The Irish fought tooth-and-nail with the Trojans’ duo in the first set, but eventually succumbed 6-4 to fall into a one-set deficit. Frilling and Mathews could not gain any momentum in the second set, falling 6-2 to clinch the straight-set victory for USC.
The Irish teammates, who earned their bid into the NCAA Doubles Championship as the BIG EAST conferences automatic qualifier, conclude their year with an overall record of 23-7, including 9-4 against nationally-ranked foes.
NCAA Doubles Championship - Round of 16#4 Kaitlyn Christian/Maria Sanchez (USC) def. #15 Kristy Frilling/Shannon Mathews (ND) 6-4, 6-2