March 9, 2010
HUMACAO, Puerto Rico –
The third-ranked Irish women’s tennis squad topped No. 59 William and Mary, 5-2, Tuesday at the Villas at Palmas in Humacao, Puerto Rico. With the win, Notre Dame improved to 12-1 on the season, while the Tribe fell to 5-8.
The Irish jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after sweeping the doubles point. Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews cruised past Ragini Acharya and Katie Kargl, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles, while Kali Krisik and Chrissie McGaffigan downed Anik Cepeda and Carmen Pop, 8-3, at second doubles.Cosmina Ciobanu and Colleen Rielley rolled Marlen Mesgarzadeh and Lauren Sabacinski, 8-1, at No. 3 to complete the sweep.
Notre Dame won four of its six singles matches against the Tribe. No. 14 Frilling defeated Acharya, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, as No. 92 Mathews topped Mesgarzadeh, 6-4, 6-3, at second singles. Frilling is now 12-1 on the season, while Mathews improves to 9-4.
Rielley edged Cepeda, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 and is now 7-2 on the season. Ciobanu took the No. 4 match when Sabacinski was forced to retire due to injury.
Pop defeated No. 90 McGaffigan, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3, and Nina Vulovich downed Kristen Rafael, 6-2, 6-4, at fifth singles to give William and Mary its two points for the day.
The Irish will take on Duke Friday to complete their Puerto Rico trip.
#3 Notre Dame 5, #59 William and Mary 2
1. #14 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Ragini Acharya (W&M) 6-4, 6-12. #92 Shannon Mathews (ND) def. Marlen Mesgarzadeh (W&M) 6-4, 6-33. Carmen Pop (W&M) def. #90 Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) 6-2, 6-34. Cosmina Ciobanu (ND) def. Lauren Sabacinski (W&M) 7-6, 2-0, ret.5. Nina Vulovich (W&M) def. Kristen Rafael (ND) 6-2, 6-46. Colleen Rielley (ND) def. Anik Cepeda (W&M) 6-3, 6-1
1. Frilling/Mathews (ND) def. Acharya/Kargl (W&M) 8-12. Krisik/McGaffigan (ND) def. Cepeda/Pop (W&M) 8-33. Ciobanu/Rielley (ND) def. Mesgarzadeh/Sabacinski (W&M) 8-1