June 16, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame junior tennis player Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio) has been tabbed a 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Singles All-American, it was announced on Thursday. It is the second such honor of Frilling’s career.
In order to qualify for singles All-America status, a player must fulfill any of the following requirements: a top-16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship, reach the round of 16 in the Championship or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA rankings. Frilling met two of the necessities, entering the tournament as the overall No. 5 seed and finishing the season ranked seventh nationally.
Over the course of her junior season, Frilling compiled a record of 26-7, including going 18-4 at the No. 1 position during the dual season and posting a mark of 15-6 against nationally-ranked opponents. She helped guide the Irish to their fourth-straight BIG EAST title, en route to earning a bid to the NCAA Championship for the 16th consecutive year. With her No. 5 seeding in the NCAA Singles Championship, Frilling also became the highest-seeded Irish competitor in the field since Michelle Dasso was seeded fourth in ’01.
Frilling joins an elite list of former Notre Dame women’s tennis players to be named a singles All-American on two occasions, becoming the fourth to do so along with Dasso (’99 and `01), Wendy Crabtree (’94 and `95) and Jennifer Hall (’96 and `98). It also represents her fourth overall All-America distinction, as she is a two-time doubles All-American (’09 and ’10) as well, putting her in the company of Dasso and Hall as the only three to receive four total All-America nods.