April 15, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The fifth-ranked Irish women’s tennis team will wrap up its regular season this weekend when it hosts No. 22 DePaul and Marquette at the Courtney Tennis Center.
Notre Dame will take on the Blue Demons at 5:00 p.m. Friday, before facing Marquette at 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The Irish will also honor seniors Cosmina Ciobanu, Kali Krisik and Colleen Rielley Sunday during their final regular-season home match.
Notre Dame is 17-3 on the season after going 2-0 last week. The Irish topped No. 39 Texas A&M, 4-3, in College Station, before sweeping 19th-ranked South Florida, 7-0, at home.
Sophomore Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio/Lehman & Abeka) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week after she went 2-0 over nationally-ranked opponents in both singles and doubles. Frilling is ranked 15th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll and owns a 16-4 record this season.
Senior Cosmina Ciobanu (Brea, Calif./Troy) leads the Irish with 17 wins on the season, while senior Kali Krisik (Arkansas City, Kan./Arkansas City) and sophomore Shannon Mathews (Birmingham, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) have notched 11 wins each. Freshman Chrissie McGaffigan (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf) is ranked 119th with a 13-7 record.
Frilling and Krisik team up as the nation’s third-ranked doubles duo. The Irish tandem is 16-0 at No. 1 doubles so far this season.
DePaul comes to campus for the second time this season with a 15-3 overall record. The Blue Demons are riding a six-match win streak that includes a 7-0 win over Rutgers on April 11.
DePaul boasts the 12th-ranked doubles team of Anna Redesci and Selma Salkovic. The duo is 15-2 at No. 1 doubles and 6-2 against ranked opponents.
The Blue Demons last visited Notre Dame on Jan. 30 where the Irish came away with a 6-1 victory at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Notre Dame is 14-0 all-time against DePaul.
Marquette is 12-11 after topping Rutgers, 5-2, on April 10 to snap a four-match losing streak. The Golden Eagles will face DePaul Saturday, before taking on the Irish Sunday.
Gillian Hush leads Marquette with an 18-5 singles record. Hush and Christina Ruiz have compiled a 16-5 mark at No. 1 doubles for the Golden Eagles.
Notre Dame is 12-1 all-time against Marquette and has swept the last six straight matches. The Irish topped the Golden Eagles, 7-0, in Chicago last season.
Live stats and complete results will be available at www.UND.com for both matches.