Notre Dame will host the NCAA first and second rounds for the third time in four years.

Irish Women's Tennis Falls in ITA National Team Indoor Semifinals

Feb. 15, 2009

MADISON, Wisc. – The No. 14 Notre Dame women’s tennis team fell to top-ranked Northwestern, 4-1, Sunday in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Northwestern clinched the doubles point to jump to an early 1-0 lead. Samantha Murray and Elena Chernyakova defeated Shannon Mathews and Colleen Rielley, 8-3, before Keri Robison and Maria Mosolova downed Cosmina Ciobanu and Kali Krisik, 9-7, to clinch the point. No. 1 Kristy Frilling and Kelcy Tefft were tied with No. 25 Lauren Lui and Georgia Rose at 8-8 before the match was called.

Mathews put Notre Dame on the board and tied the score at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Robison at No. 6 singles. No. 28 Rose topped No. 39 Frilling 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, while Lui knocked off No. 62 Kristen Rafael, 6-1, 6-3. No. 24 Murray defeated Krisik, 6-1, 6-4, to give Northwestern the 4-1 victory.

No. 45 Tefft and No. 1 Mosolova had their No. 1 singles match called at 6-1, 2-6, as did Ciobanu and Nazlie Ghazal at No. 5 singles, 6-3, 3-2.

The Irish fall to 6-1 on the season.

Notre Dame returns home Wednesday when they host Purdue at 4 p.m. at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.