Fighting Irish Deny Golden Bears Trip to NCAA Quarterfinal
May 20, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 12-ranked California women's tennis team ended its season in a 4-2 loss at the hands of sixth-ranked and fifth-seeded Big East Champion Notre Dame in the round of 16 of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship on Thursday, May 20, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of championship host University of Georgia. The Golden Bears (20-6, 5-2 Pac-10) had advanced to the previous two NCAA championship matches and had posted their fourth-consecutive 20-win season before falling to the Fighting Irish (25-3).
Cal was making its 29th overall appearance in the NCAA championship team competition and had advanced at least as far as the round of 16 in 10 of the last 12 years. In three seasons at Berkeley, head coach Amanda Augustus has posted a 63-17 mark (.788) with a remarkable 12-3 record in NCAA appearances. She is just 20 victories shy of reaching the 100-win plateau after only four seasons as a head coach.
The Bears faced a tough challenge in doubles and slipped to surrender the first point of the day. It was only the fifth time all year that Cal failed to clinch the first point of a dual match but the Bears dropped to 1-4 in those matches as the Irish took advantage of the momentum they gained.
Notre Dame's No. 3-ranked tandem of Kristy Frilling and Kali Krisik posted the first win of the day as they defeated Cal's ninth-ranked team of junior Mari Andersson and sophomore Jana Juricova, 8-2, at the top court. The loss snapped a 12-match winning streak held by the Bear duo. The Irish secured the doubles point off a win on the third court as Chrissie McGaffigan and Kristen Rafael took an 8-4 victory against freshmen Tayler Davis and Annie Goransson. Cosmina Ciobanu and Shannon Matthews held a 7-4 lead against the No. 89-ranked team of junior Marina Cossou and senior Kasia Siwosz on court two but the match was abandoned after Notre Dame claimed the doubles point.
Play heated up into singles matches as the teams split results in first sets. Cal earned 6-4 wins at courts one, three and six while Notre Dame took the upper hand at two, four and five. The Irish took a 2-0 lead in the match when No. 108-ranked Matthews cashed in a 6-3, 6-0 win against No. 18 Cossou at No. 2 singles. At court three, No. 35-ranked Andersson cruised to a 6-0 win in the second set after winning the first set, 6-4, to take out McGaffigan and put Cal on the board.
At the top court, No. 2 Juricova and No. 16 Frilling fought tooth and nail with each other but Juricova prevailed in the end as she earned her 14th consecutive singles victory in a 6-4, 6-3 decision that knotted the team score at two-all. With the team score deadlocked at two points apiece, second-set scores on courts four and five followed suit. Although the Irish had won first sets on both courts, the Bears fought to stay close with Siwosz holding a three-all tie against Ciobanu on four and Goransson forcing a four-all tie with Krisik at No. 5.
While the Bears fought hard, the Irish fought back and went ahead once more with a 3-2 lead on a 6-1, 6-4 win by Krisik at the fifth singles court. Moments later, Notre Dame earned a trip to the NCAA quarterfinal round as Ciobanu defeated Siwosz, 6-2, 6-4, at court four. At court six, Davis won the first set, 6-4, and was tied at five-all in the second when play was abandoned.
Andersson, Cossou and Juricova will remain in Athens, Ga. to participate in the NCAA singles championship. Andersson and Juricova will also unite to face the doubles championship field as they defend their 2009 NCAA crown. Singles matches begin on Wednesday, May 26, at the Magill Complex. Please visit www.ncaa.com for more information.
No. 6 Notre Dame 4, No. 12 California 2California (20-6, 5-2 Pac-10), Notre Dame (25-3)2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship Round of 16Dan Magill Tennis Complex | Athens, Ga.Thursday, May 20, 2010Doubles1. No. 3 Frilling/Krisik (UND) def. No. 9 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) 8-22. No. 89 Cossou/Siwosz (CAL) vs. Ciobanu/Matthews (UND) DNF3. McGaffigan/Rafael (UND) def. Davis/Goransson (CAL) 8-4Order of finish: 1, 3* (Notre Dame wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 2 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 16 Kristy Frilling (UND) 6-4, 6-32. No. 108 Shannon Matthews (UND) def. No. 18 Marina Cossou (CAL) 6-3, 6-03. No. 35 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Chrissie McGaffigan (UND) 6-4, 6-04. Cosmina Ciobanu (UND) def. Kasia Siwosz (CAL) 6-2, 6-45. Kali Krisik (UND) def. Annie Goransson (CAL) 6-1, 6-46. Tayler Davis (CAL) vs. Kristen Rafael (UND) DNFOrder of finish: 2, 3, 1, 5, 4*