Sophomore Kristen Rafael

Irish Women's Tennis Shuts Down Pepperdine, 5-0

Jan. 31, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Notre Dame women’s tennis team advanced to the finals of the ITA National Team Indoor regional qualifier Saturday after defeating Pepperdine, 5-0.

The Irish will face the winner of the Arkansas-Oregon match.

Notre Dame struck early, sweeping the doubles matches to go up 1-0.

The No.1-ranked duo of Kelcy Tefft and Kristy Frilling defeated Jillian Braverman and Anne-Christine Viocu, 8-2. Cosmina Ciobanu and Kali Krisik downed Alex Liles and Anamika Bhargava, 8-1 to clinch the doubles point. Shannon Mathews and Colleen Rielley defeated Alex Walters and Zlatka Petrova, 8-2, to complete the sweep.

No. 39 Frilling downed Walters, 6-0, 6-1, to move the Irish ahead, 2-0. Ciobanu knocked off Liles, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 62 Kristen Rafael defeated Braverman, 6-1, 6-4, to seal the win for Notre Dame. No. 46 Krisik downed Viocu, 6-3, 6-4 to wrap up the match. Bhargava was leading No. 45 Tefft, 1-6, 6-3, 2-1, before the match was called. Andrea Oates was leading Mathews, 3-6, 6-2, 2-1.

The winner of Sunday’s final match will advance, along with 14 other regional qualifiers, to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 13-16 in Madison, Wisc.

Complete results from Sunday’s match will be available at

#17 Notre Dame-5 #44 Pepperdine-0

Doubles 1. #1 Kelcy Tefft/Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Jillian Braverman/Anne-Christine Viocu (PU), 8-2. 2. Cosmina Ciobanu/Kali Krisik (ND) def. Alex Liles/Anamika Bhargava (PU), 8-1. 3. Shannon Mathews/Colleen Rielley (ND) def. Alex Walters/Zlatka Petrova (PU), 8-2. Order of Finish: (1,2*,3)

Singles 1. Anamika Bhargava (PU) lef. #46 Kelcy Tefft (ND), 1-6, 6-3, 2-1 (DNF) 2. #39 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Alexandria Walters (PU), 6-0, 6-1. 3. #46 Kali Krisik (ND) def. Anne-Christine Viocu (PU), 6-3, 6-4. 4. #62 Kristin Rafael (ND) def. Jillian Braverman (PU), 6-1, 6-4. 5. Cosmina Ciobanu (ND) def. Alex Liles (PU), 6-1, 6-2. 6. Andrea Oates (PU) led. Shannon Mathews (ND), 3-6, 6-2, 2-1 (DNF) Order of Finish: (2,5,4*,3)