No. 14 Notre Dame Rallies For 4-3 Win Over No. 5 Stanford In ITA Indoors Opener

Feb. 13, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- Kristen Rafael downed Carolyn McVeigh 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 4 singles position, helping No. 14 Notre Dame turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 upset victory over No. 5 Stanford in the opening round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc., on Friday morning.

The Cardinal (4-1) captured the doubles point and led 3-1 in singles play before the Fighting Irish (5-0) rallied to clinch the match.

Boasting the nation's top-ranked doubles team in Kristy Frilling and Kelcy Tefft, Notre Dame recorded an 8-4 win at the top doubles spot before Stanford's duo of McVeigh and Jessica Nguyen posted an 8-3 win on court two. The doubles point came down to the No. 3 position, where Logan Hansen and Jennifer Yen edged out Shannon Mathews and Colleen Rielley 9-8 (4) to give Stanford a 1-0 lead.

The Fighting Irish evened the match quickly at 1-1, thanks to a 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 5 position.

But Stanford bounced back with wins at Nos. 3 and 1, respectively, as Lindsay Burdette and Hilary Barte registered three-set wins. Burdette topped Kali Krisik 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 before Barte downed Tefft 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the top spot of the lineup.

However, Notre Dame rallied to win the next three singles matches on courts 2, 6, and 4. Frilling and Mathews won in straight sets to even the contest at 3-3 before Rafael provided the clincher at No. 4.

No. 14 Notre Dame 4, No. 5 Stanford 3

DOUBLES
1) No. 1 Frilling/Tefft (ND) d. No. 41 Barte/Burdette (STAN) 8-4
2) McVeigh/Nguyen (STAN) d. Ciobanu/Krisik (ND) 8-3
3) Mathews/Rielley (ND) d. Hansen/Yen (STAN) 9-8 (4)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

SINGLES
1) No. 26 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 45 Kelcy Tefft (ND) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2) No. 39 Kristy Frilling (ND) d. Jessica Nguyen (STAN) 7-5, 6-3
3) No. 97 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. No. 46 Kali Krisik (ND) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4) No. 62 Kristen Rafael (ND) d. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 7-5, 6-1
5) Cosmina Ciobanu (ND)) d. Veronica Li (STAN) 6-0, 6-2
6) Shannon Mathews (ND) d. Jennifer Yen (STAN) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 1, 2, 6, 4

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