Feb. 24, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish sophomore Kristy Frilling was named the BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after going 2-0 in both singles and doubles and leading Notre Dame to one of its biggest wins in program history, the league announced Wednesday.
Frilling earned wins over two nationally-ranked singles players to help Notre Dame go 2-0 last weekend, defeating No. 31 Illinois, 5-2, and then-No. 1 Northwestern, 5-2.
At No. 1 singles, the Sidney, Ohio native topped Illinois’ No. 85 Rachael White, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, before cruising past 12th-ranked Maria Mosolova, of Northwestern, 6-1, 6-2. She teamed with partner Kali Krisik to defeat Illinois’ Chelcie Abajian and Leigh Finnegan, 8-5, and Northwestern’s 14th-ranked Lauren Lui and Elena Chernyakova, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles.
The nation’s 23rd-ranked singles player, Frilling has compiled perfect 8-0 records in both singles and doubles this season. She has led the Irish to a 7-1 record and a seventh-place ranking in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. Frilling is also ranked eighth nationally with doubles partner Krisik.
Last season, Frilling garnered doubles All-America honors after earning the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Doubles Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA singles tournament. She was named the ITA National Player to Watch and the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Frilling and the Irish will host No. 14 Georgia Tech Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by No. 13 Tennessee Sunday at 10 a.m.