UND Roster

2011-12 Women's Tennis Roster

Shannon Mathews

Height 5'7''
Class Senior
Hometown Birmingham, MI
High School Cranbrook-Kingswood

AS A SENIOR: Just the 11th player in program history to win 200 or more combined matches in her Notre Dame career (201) … ITA Midwestern Region Senior of the Year … recipient of the University’s highest honor as winner of the Byron V. Kanely Award … selected as an ITA Doubles All-American with primary playing partner Kristy Frilling (21-6 team record at No. 1 doubles) … named BIG EAST Player of the Year after finishing 21-9 in singles and 22-6 in doubles … awarded an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarship … BIG EAST Player of the Month for October … three-time BIG EAST Player of the Week … opened the season ranked No. 38 in the ITA Women’s Preseason Singles Rankings, and No. 5 with Frilling in doubles … won eight straight doubles matches with Frilling during the fall, including a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) decision over No. 1 Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs from Stanford in the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships … won six consecutive singles matches to open the spring schedule, beating No. 24 Natalie Pluskota 6-7 (4-7), 2-1, retired against No. 17 Tennessee … defeated No. 7 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (13-11) in a dual win over No. 21 Texas A&M … triumphed over No. 9 Jillian O’Neill/Alex Anghelescu 8-5 to clinch the doubles point against No. 16 Georgia Tech … named to BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

AS A JUNIOR: Concluded third season with the Irish with a record of 23-8 in singles, including 19-5 in dual action (19-3 at No. 2 singles, 0-2 at No. 1 singles) … named BIG EAST Academic All-Star along with being named to the all-BIG EAST Team … named BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Performer after securing the clinching singles point in each of the three matches … named BIG EAST Player of the Week for week of April 6 … earned third monogram … posted an even 7-7 record against nationally-ranked opposition … opened the dual season with 11 victories before suffering first setback … in that span, defeated six ranked opponents, capped by a straight-sets victory over #50 Alex Leatu of Vanderbilt, 6-3, 6-1 … after brief stay at No. 1 singles, returned to No. 2 position and claimed nine more victories … earned a spot in the NCAA Singles Championship for first time in career, knocking off #57 McCall Jones of UCLA in the round of 64 (2-6, 6-1, 7-5) before falling to #16 Venise Chan of Washington in the round of 32 (3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7) … finished the doubles year with a record of 26-8 including 20-4 on the dual season, mostly at the No. 1 position with teammate Kristy Frilling with one match coming at the No. 2 spot with Jennifer Kellner … duo finished the year with a 9-4 mark against nationally-ranked competition … advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Regional Championship with victories over Eastern Michigan[apos]s Xu Chang and Mariya Toncheva (8-1) and Northwestern[apos]s Kate Turvy and Belinda Niu (8-2) … after starting the dual season with a 3-3 record at No. 1 doubles, reeled of 16 victories without suffering defeat, including a win over the seventh-ranked duo of Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton of Northwestern, 8-3 … advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship, defeating Vanderbilt[apos]s 36th-ranked team of Alex Leatu and Rachael Dillon in the round of 32 (6-3, 6-2), marking the second win over the Commodores tandem on the year after winning 8-0 during dual action … finished season ranked as 13th-best doubles team in the nation with Frilling.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Concluded her sophomore campaign with a 17-11 record on the year, all of which came at the No. 2 position during the dual season … also registered a 19-6 record in doubles play primarily with partner Cosmina Ciobanu … earned first win versus a ranked opponent on the season when she knocked off 29th-ranked Samantha Murray of Northwestern in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 … capped the year as the team leader in clinching-points, five in singes and 13 in doubles … in the team[apos]s 5-2 victory over Tennessee in February, knocked off #37 Maria Sorbello (6-1, 6-4) … enjoyed a successful run during the NCAA tournament, helping the team reach the semifinals for the second-consecutive season … notched victories in four of her five matches during the tournament, including a pair against ranked foes … defeated Ingrid Ballus of IPFW in the opening round (6-1, 6-0), Lauren Megale of Boise State in the second round (7-5, 6-2), #18 Marina Cossou of California in the round of 16 (6-3, 6-0) and Tennessee[apos]s 62nd-ranked Maria Sorbello for the second time on the year (7-5, 6-3) in the quarterfinals … the win against Cossou marked the highest-ranked opponent to date that she has defeated … teamed with Kristy Frilling in doubles to knock off the 24th-ranked team of Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheva of Indiana, 8-3 … ended season with a doubles win with Cosmina Ciobanu over Stanford[apos]s 56th- ranked duo of Mallory Burdette and Stacey Tan, 8-3 … chosen as a member of the all-BIG EAST team for her efforts in the conference championship … named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and BIG EAST Academic All-Star for the second consecutive year in each.

AS A FRESHMAN: Made a major impact in the Irish lineup, finishing the season with a 33-7 overall singles mark and a 32-11 record in doubles play … went 6-4 in singles and 7-3 in doubles during the tournament season … opened the dual-match season with 16 straight victories … compiled a 27-3 record in dual matches … went 1-0 at No. 3 singles, 10-2 at No. 4, 7-1 at No. 5 and 9-0 at No. 6 … had six match-clinching wins, including a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Baylor[apos]s No. 70 Csilla Borsanyi in the NCAA quarterfinals that put the Irish in the semifinals for the first time in program history … recorded a 25-8 doubles dual mark with partner Colleen Rielley at No. 3 doubles … ended the season on an 11-match win streak … the duo clinched 12 points for the Irish throughout the season … earned all-BIG EAST honors after going 2-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles with Rielley … along with Rielley, was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after going 5-0 at No. 3 doubles … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and an ITA Scholar-Athlete.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Seven-time letterwinner in tennis (four), track and field (two) and cross country (one) at Cranbrook Kingswood … named Michigan[apos]s 2008 Miss Tennis … finalist for Michigan Athlete of the Year … three-time All-American … four-time state champion at No. 1 singles and two- time team state champion … named all-state four times … 2008 Western Michigan ITA Singles Champion and University of Michigan Singles Champion … University of Michigan singles and doubles finalist and Prince Cup Singles Champion in 2007 … winner of the 2007 Helen Shockley Award – Midwest Player of the Year … 2006 Interscholastic East Champion, Midwest Closed Champion and Easter Bowl Semifinalist … 2005 Midwest Closed Singles and Doubles Champion … named 2008 Cranbrook Kingswood Female Athlete of the Year … father, John `74, sister, Amy `01, sister, Erin `03 and uncle, Terry Beale `84 graduated from Notre Dame … daughter of John and Barb Mathews … graduated with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.