Oct. 26, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio), a junior on the Notre Dame women’s tennis team, completed her run to the title at the 2010 ITA Midwest Regional on Tuesday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor. The victory secures a spot in the singles draw at the National Individual Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y. from Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 4-7.
Frilling jumped out to an early lead in the match over No. 2 seeded Denise Muresan, staking to a 4-2 advantage in the first set and eventually finishing it off 6-2. She looked to close out the match with relative ease, leading in the second set 5-2, but Muresan battled back to take a 6-5 lead on serve.
Frilling recovered from there though, posting a break of serve to square the set at 6-6 and taking the ensuing tiebreaker, 7-2, for the match and tournament title.
Over the course of her five matches, Frilling did not drop a set and was pushed to only one tiebreaker – against Muresan. She becomes the first Irish player to claim the Midwest Regional title since Colleen Rielley claimed the top spot in ’06.
The National Individual Championship gets underway on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing N.Y.
2010 ITA Women’s Midwest Regional – Day Six:
Singles Main Draw:
#1 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. #2 Denise Muresan (UM) – 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)