Notre Dame Defeats Marquette, 4-0, in the BIG EAST Semis

April 30, 2011

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Marquette University women's tennis team fought hard but couldn't pull off the upset of No. 1 seed Notre Dame falling to the Fighting Irish, 4-0, in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Women's Tennis Championship Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles (19-10) will play No. 3 seed DePaul in the third place match at Noon/11 a.m. CT.

"I'm proud of how competitive we were in doubles and we played hard in singles," said head coach Jody Bronson. "Notre Dame was the better team today. They deserved to win. We are very excited about tomorrow with the chance to avenge the loss to DePaul from earlier this season. We have a great opportunity tomorrow to finish third and that is something we haven't done in a while. Our team is looking forward to it, and will be focused and ready to play tomorrow."

Notre Dame won a closely contested doubles point and took the early lead, 1-0. Gillian Hush and Chelsea Utting fell short, 9-7, to Julie Sabacinski and Jennifer Kellner at No. 3. Chrissie McGaffigan and Kristen Rafael secured the first point of the day by defeating Olga Fishcher and Rocio Diaz, 8-6, at No. 3.

In singles, Notre Dame's top three positions proved to be too much to for the Golden Eagles to handle as the Fighting Irish move on to the BIG EAST Championship title match. No. 4 ranked Kristy Frilling took down Fischer, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1, Paola Calderon fell to No. 58 Shannon Matthews, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 2, and No. 112 Kellner dropped Rachael Hush, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3.

No. 1 Notre Dame 4, No. 5 Marquette 0

1. #13 Kristy Frilling/Shannon Matthews vs. Christina Ruiz/Rachael Hush, DNF 7-5 (UND up)
2. Chrissie McGaffigan/Kristen Rafael def. Olga Fischer/Rocio Diaz 8-6
3. Julie Sabacinski/Jennifer Kellner def. Gillian Hush/Chelsea Utting, 9-7
Order of finish: 3, 2



1. #4 Kristy Frilling def. Olga Fischer, 6-1, 6-1
2. #58 Shannon Matthews def. Paula Calderon, 6-0, 6-4
3. #112 Jennifer Kellner def. Rachael Hush, 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2


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