Feb. 21, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Kristy Frilling, a senior on the Notre Dame women’s tennis team, has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week, it was announced by the league Tuesday. The Sidney, Ohio, product finished 2-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles for the week.
Frilling opened her weekend with a singles victory over 22nd-ranked Lauren McHale of North Carolina, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles on Feb. 18. The following day, she took down 120th-ranked Allison Falkin of Illinois at the No. 2 court, 6-0, 6-1. The senior co-captain has now won three consecutive matches versus ranked opponents overall and her win over McHale is the highest-ranked opponent she has beaten this season, besting her win over 69th-ranked Lauren Mira of Vanderbilt on Feb. 5.
In doubles action, Frilling again teamed with fellow senior co-captain Shannon Mathews (Birmingham, Mich.) to earn a split on the weekend. Despite falling to Rachael White and Allison Falkin of Illinois (8-5), the Irish tandem earned a significant win over the 24th-ranked Tar Heel duo of McHale and Shinann Featherston (9-7) to help the Irish capture the doubles point. Frilling and Mathews have now won four matches this season against ranked foes and rank third nationally.
The honor is the first of the season for Frilling and second overall for the Irish on the year. Frilling and the rest of the Irish return to their home courts this Friday when they play host to in-state rival Indiana at 3:00 p.m. (ET) before tussling with Georgia Tech on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
BIG EAST Women's Tennis Player of the WeekFeb. 21 Kristy Frilling Notre DameFeb. 14 Jasmin Kling DePaulFeb. 7 Rebeca Mitrea DePaulJan. 31 Shannon Mathews Notre DameJan. 24 Loreto Alonso Martinez USF