Shannon Mathews earned her second straight bid into the NCAA Singles Championship after a 20-9 senior campaign.

Shannon Mathews Claims Last BIG EAST Weekly Honor Of Season

April 17, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame senior women’s tennis player Shannon Mathews has been tabbed BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, it was announced by the league Tuesday. It is the third such honor of the season for Mathews.

The Birmingham, Mich., native concluded her Irish regular season posting a 2-0 record in both singles and doubles, while helping the Irish earn a pair of BIG EAST victories over #40 USF (7-0) and Louisville (6-1) to finish a perfect 5-0 in conference matchups.

In addition to defeating the Cardinals’ Julia Fellerhoff at No. 1 singles, 7-6, 6-0, Mathews earned her fifth singles win of the year against nationally-ranked opposition, defeating USF’s #42 Ecaterina Vasenina, 6-2, 6-0. She, along with doubles teammate Kristy Frilling, also earned her 10th victory over ranked opposition in doubles after taking down the Bulls’ 49th-ranked tandem of Vasenina and Loreto Alonso Martinez, 8-4. The Irish twosome then ended their regular season with an identical 8-4 decision over Fellerhoff and Mandy Brown of Louisville.

Mathews is one of three Irish players, along with Frilling and Jennifer Kellner, to be named Player of the Week this season and the Irish lead the way among all BIG EAST tennis schools with the three amassing five total honors this year.

Mathews and the Irish return to the court for quarterfinal action at the BIG EAST Tournament. Notre Dame, which enters as the No. 1 seed, takes on the winner of the Rutgers and Cincinnati matchup at 9 a.m. Friday at the USF Varsity Tennis Center in Tampa, Fla.

BIG EAST Women's Tennis Player of the WeekApril 17     Shannon Mathews       Notre DameApril 10        Loreto Alonso Martinez  USFApril 3         Victoria Sekely     GeorgetownMarch 27        Nevena Selakovic    St. John'sMarch 20        Chloe Sher      Seton HallMarch 13     Jennifer Kellner Notre DameMarch 6             Shannon Mathews       Notre DameFeb. 28             Loreto Alonso Martinez  USFFeb. 21              Kristy Frilling       Notre DameFeb. 14             Jasmin Kling        DePaulFeb. 7          Rebeca Mitrea       DePaulJan. 31              Shannon Mathews       Notre DameJan. 24         Loreto Alonso Martinez  USF