Kristen Rafael used a three-set victory over teammate Britney Sanders, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, to claim the blue singles draw title.

Irish Capture Two Singles Flight Championships On Final Day Of Eck Classic

Oct. 3, 2010

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team secured two singles flight titles on the third and final day of the Eck Tennis Classic Sunday at the Courtney Tennis Center.

Senior Kristen Rafael (Grand Prairie, Texas) defeated teammate Britney Sanders (Ontario, Canada) in the blue division title match, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to claim first place. Sanders got off to a quick start, jumping ahead 5-0 in the first before closing the set out at 6-3. She was unable to stick with Rafael in the final two sets however, as the senior jumped ahead 4-0 in each set before closing both out at 6-1. For Sanders, it marked her first defeat on the weekend, as she won the blue doubles draw with Jennifer Kellner (Smithtown, N.Y.) on Saturday.

Sophomore Chrissie McGaffigan (Davenport, Iowa) claimed third in the blue draw, knocking off Ohio State’s Gabby Steele in three sets, 2-6, 7-6, 6-0.

In the gold flight, Kellner earned the top spot after defeating Anastasia Erofeeva of Tulsa, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7). Julie Sabacinski (Plantation, Fla.) finished fourth in the gold flight after falling to Tulsa’s Ewa Szatkowska in the third-place match, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Freshman JoHanna Manningham (Mishawaka, Ind.) wrapped up the day’s action for the Irish in the green singles consolation bracket, defeating Ohio State’s Kelsey Becker in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.


Blue Singles Draw:Championship Match:Kristen Rafael def. Britney Sanders - 3-6, 6-1, 6-1Third-Place Match:Chrissie McGaffigan def. Gabby Steele (OSU) - 2-6, 7-6, 6-0
Green Singles Draw:Consolation Bracket:JoHanna Manningham def. Kelsey Becker (OSU) - 6-1, 6-1
Gold Singles Draw:Championship Match:Jennifer Kellner def. Anastasia Erofeeva (Tulsa) - 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7)Third-Place Match:Ewa Szatkowska (Tulsa) def. Julie Sabacinski - 1-6, 6-2, 6-1