Dec. 16, 2010
ROUEN, France – Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio), a member of the Irish women’s tennis team, and her teammates on the U.S. collegiate squad fell in the championship match of the Master-U BNP Paribas on Monday. The squad dropped a 5-1 decision to the host French team.
The U.S. advanced to the championship match with victories over Ireland (7-0) in the quarterfinals and Germany (4-2) in the semifinals.
Frilling notched two of the American points in the tournament’s opening match, defeating Ireland’s Lynsey McCullough in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, in second singles before teaming with Sekou Bangoura in mixed doubles for a 4-0, 4-2 victory. The sets were shortened to four games due to the fact the match was already in hand.
After playing in two matches in the opening round, Frilling was expected to compete in the mixed doubles pairing against Germany but due to time issues and with the outcome already in hand, the match was abandoned.
She returned to the court in the finals to team with Allie Will in women’s doubles, but the tandem was unable to stop the French momentum as they dropped a 7-5, 6-4 decision to Manon Garcia and Mathilde Cor.
The U.S. team reached the championship match for the second consecutive year after winning the event in `09.
Frilling and the rest of her Irish teammates now turn their attention to the upcoming dual season with their first match coming up on Jan. 22 against Illinois in Champaign, Ill.