UH Women’s Tennis Drops NCAA Opener To Notre Dame | Schools
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The University of Hawai‘i women’s tennis team saw their season and nine-match win streak come to an end with a 4-0 loss to No. 20 Notre Dame Friday at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center on the campus of Northwestern University.
On a clear day with temperature reaching 70 degrees, the 52nd-ranked Rainbow Wahine (15-7) put up a good fight in their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Notre Dame (21-7) advances to the second round where they will face the winner of host Northwestern and Akron.
The Fighting Irish got the early lead by taking the doubles point by winning on courts No. 1 and 3. At No. 3, Christine McGaffigan and Jennifer Kellner held a 5-0 lead on UH’s Martina Kostalova and Aglae Van den Bergh before the Rainbow Wahine duo won the next three games. McGaffigan and Kellner held on by winning the last three, 8-3.
The other two doubles matches were tight. At No. 2, UH’s Xenia Suworowa and Katarina Poljakova led for much of their match, holding a 5-3 advantage at the same time that Hawai‘i’s Jamie Pawid and Barbara Pinterova rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead on court No. 1. However, the Irish rallied to win at No. 1 as Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews – ranked No. 7 nationally – pulled out the 8-5 victory. At the time of the conclusion of the match, UND led 6-5 at court No. 2.
In singles play, the Irish took the first set in five of the six matches, however, the score in four of the matches was either 6-4 or 7-5. Suworowa led McGaffigan 4-0 at No. 5 before dropping the set 7-5 while Kostalova led her match 4-1 until Kellner rallied for a 7-5 win. At No. 6, Van den Bergh won her opening set 6-4 over Katherine White.
Poljakova was the first Rainbow Wahine to go down, dropping her match at No. 2 to Frilling, 6-2, 6-3. Just moments later, Pawid lost her match to Britney Sanders, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 as the Irish took a 3-0 lead.
With the commanding lead, Notre Dame closed out the match as Mathews defeated Pinterova, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1.
Pinterova and Van den Bergh played their final matches at UH. The Western Athletic Conference champion Rainbow Wahine conclude the season at 15-7.