Oct. 20, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame sophomore Kristy Frilling has been selected to represent the United States in the fourth annual Master’U BNP Paribas December 9-14, the USTA announced Tuesday.
The Master’U BNP Paribas is an international collegiate competition in Poitiers, France and features eight teams composed of college and university players from around the world. The U.S. will be competing for the second consecutive year against a field that includes teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Mexico. The teams will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one men’s and one women’s doubles match and one mixed doubles match.
Joining Frilling on this year’s squad is Georgia Tech’s Irina Falconi, who won the 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Championship, and Tennessee’s Caitlin Whoriskey, who won the doubles title at the 2009 All-American. Former Irish standout and current Illinois women’s tennis coach Michelle Dasso will guide the women’s team.
The men’s team will be coached by Boise State’s Greg Patton and consists of Southern California’s Steve Johnson, Texas A&M’s Austin Krajicek and Kentucky’s Eric Quigley.
“I’m honored and excited to be chosen to represent the U.S. at this prestigious tournament,” Frilling said. “It’s definitely a great honor to represent your country, and I’m glad to have to the opportunity to represent Notre Dame and the United States as best as I can.”
Frilling was the ITA Summer Circuit doubles champion and is currently the 20th-ranked singles player in the country. She is also ranked No. 15 in the doubles poll with Irish senior Kali Krisik. Frilling and Krisik teamed up for the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, compiling a 3-1 record and knocking off California’s second-ranked doubles team of Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova.
In All-American singles action, Frilling advanced to the second round, defeating Duke’s 13th-ranked Reka Zsilinska, before falling to eventual-champion Falconi.
The U.S. team was selected through a joint partnership between the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.