Oct. 24, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team concluded day four of the 2010 ITA Midwest Regional on Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor with Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio) advancing into the quarterfinals of the singles draw.
Frilling moved on with a convincing straight-sets victory over Northwestern’s Belinda Niu (6-2, 6-3). She has not dropped a set through her first two matches in the draw and meets Paloma Escobedo of Ohio State in the quarters.
Frilling and teammate Shannon Mathews (Birmingham, Mich.) were unable to advance in doubles action, however. The tandem fell to Kelsey Haviland and Gabby Steele of Ohio State in the quarterfinals by a score of 8-6.
In other Irish singles action Chrissie McGaffigan (Davenport, Iowa), Mathews and Rafael all fell in the round of 16.
McGaffigan dropped a tough three-set decision to Mimi Nguyen of Michigan, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1). Mathews fell to Northwestern’s Brittany Wowchuk in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, while No. 2 seed Denise Muresan was too much for Rafael, holding on for a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Frilling returns to the court for the Irish on Monday for singles quarterfinal action, tentatively scheduled to get underway at Noon (ET). With a victory she will compete in the first semifinal, which is slated to play at 3:00 p.m.
For live video footage of tomorrow’s matches please visit mgoblue.com and be sure to check back with und.com for a recap of Frilling’s matches in the singles draw.
2010 ITA Women’s Midwest Regional – Day Four:
Doubles Main Draw:
Kelsey Haviland/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. #1 Kristy Frilling/Shannon Mathews (ND) – 8-6
Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Kristen Rafael/Britney Sanders (ND) – 8-6
Singles Main Draw:
Round of 16:
#1 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Belinda Niu (NU) – 6-2, 6-3
Brittany Wowchuk (NU) def. #4 Shannon Mathews (ND) – 6-3, 6-1
Mimi Nguyen (UM) def. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) – 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
#2 Denise Muresan (UM) def. Kristen Rafael (ND) – 6-4, 7-5