Feb. 15, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – In its second-consecutive home match, the No. 14 Notre Dame women’s tennis team blanked No. 74 Wisconsin, 7-0, in dominating fashion at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Irish improved their season dual record to 5-4 and home dual record to 3-0.
The Irish made a great start to the match by earning the doubles point. On court one, Kelcy Tefft and Kali Krisik made winning look easy as they cruised past Elizabeth Carpenter and Jessica Seyferth of Wisconsin, 8-3, for the first Notre Dame win. Their performance was quickly followed up with the second Irish doubles win coming from Cosmina Ciobanu and Colleen Rielley in the No. 2 spot. Again the win was quick as they defeated Morgan Tuttle and Chelsea Nusslock for the Badgers 8-2 to secure the Notre Dame point.
The Irish would go on to dominate the Badgers, earning all six singles points to defeat Wisconsin 7-0. Katie Potts took the first win for Notre Dame as she beat Tuttle, 6-2, 6-0, for the solid win. Her teammates would follow in the same successful fashion.
Rielley put away the next point for Notre Dame as she defeated Mirnova, 6-0, 6-1, for the easy win. Her performance was followed up by Ciobanu’s win over Seyferth. Ciobanu cruised to victory, winning her sets 6-1, 6-2, clinching the team victory for Notre Dame with a 4-0 score.
Rounding out the singles action were three more Notre Dame wins with freshman Kristen Rafael making her dual-match debut in singles action. She took the quick win over Jobe, 6-1, 6-2. Krisik was next with a win over Nusslock in what was one of the closest singles matches of the afternoon. It was a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the end for the Irish.
Tefft finished out the Irish sweep with a convincing win over Carpenter. In the No. 1 spot for only the second time in her career, she took the first set 6-3, and then went on to rattle Carpenter with a 6-0 second set for the victory. Tefft is now 9-0 in singles action this dual season.
The Irish women finish up action this weekend with another home competition on Sunday morning. Notre Dame will kick off action at 10 a.m. in the Eck Tennis Pavilion against No. 31 South Florida.