March 16, 2012
HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The 19th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team recorded its third-straight win, dispatching No. 59 Wyoming, 7-0, Thursday at the UH Tennis Complex. The Irish now sit at 12-4 on the season.
In doubles action, Britney Sanders (Ontario, Calif.) and Julie Sabacinski (Plantation, Fla.) as well Jennifer Kellner (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Chrissie McGaffigan (Davenport, Iowa) posted identical 8-4 wins at courts two and three, respectively, to clinch the point and early 1-0 lead. Sanders and Sabacinski defeated Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova, while Kellner and McGaffigan knocked off Sasa Nemcova and Alexandra Kovacs.
The lone loss in doubles came at the No. 1 court as the Irish pairing of Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio) and Shannon Mathews (Birmingham, Mich.) lost a 9-8 (7-3) tiebreaker to the 61st-ranked pairing of Simona Synkova and Veronica Popovici.
Singles action saw the Irish navigate through with ease, claiming all six matches in straight-set fashion. Mathews, ranked 49th, disposed off Popovici at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-2), while Frilling, ranked 84th, took down Synkova at the No. 2 court (6-3, 6-4).
In the middle of the Irish lineup, Kellner defeated Kovacs at No. 3 (6-3, 6-1) and Sanders won over Nemcova at No. 4 (7-5, 6-1). McGaffigan earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Parizher at No. 5 singles and Sabacinski completed the Irish sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Zhelyazkova at No. 6. It is the fifth match on the season in which the Irish have posted a perfect 7-0 victory.
Notre Dame now returns to the mainland as it heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a showdown with rival Michigan on March 21. First serve for the match is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (ET).
Notre Dame vs. WyomingMar 15, 2012 at Honolulu, Hawai'i (UH Tennis Complex)#19 Notre Dame 7, #59 Wyoming 0
Doubles Competition:1. #61 Simona Synkova/Veronica Popovici (UW) def. #1 Kristy Frilling/Shannon Matthews (ND), 9-8 (3)2. Britney Sanders/Julie Sabacinski (ND) def. Jessica Parizher/Silviya Zhelyazkova (WY), 8-43. Jennifer Kellner/Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) def. Sasa Nemcova/Alexandra Kovacs (UW), 8-4
Singles Competition:1. #49 Shannon Mathews (ND) def. Veronica Popovici (UW), 6-1, 6-22. #84 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Simona Synkova (UW), 6-3, 6-43. Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Alexandra Kovacs (UW), 6-3, 6-14. Britney Sanders (ND) def. Sasa Nemcova (UW), 7-5, 6-15. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) def. Jessica Parizher (UW), 6-4, 6-26. Julie Sabacinski (ND) def. Silviya Zhelyazkova (UW), 6-1, 6-2
Match Notes:Notre Dame 12-4; National ranking #19Wyoming 8-5; National ranking #59