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    May 8, 2009


    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The UIC women's tennis squad closed out the 2009 season in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-0 loss against the fifth-seeded Irish of Notre Dame on Friday afternoon.

    Making their 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, the Flames put up a fight against the Irish, but ran out of time as host Notre Dame claimed three singles victories after winning the doubles point to cap off the match for the 4-0 victory.

    The Flames end the season with a 15-8 record, winning their 13th straight Horizon League title after defeating Detroit last weekend, extending their league winning streak to 113 games against conference foes.

    NCAA Div. I Women's Tennis Tournament
    First Round
    UIC vs Notre Dame (May 08, 2009)
    #5 Notre Dame 4, UIC 0
    May 08, 2009 at Notre Dame, Ind.

    Singles competition
    1. Kelcy Tefft (ND) vs. Mariya Kovaleva (UIC) 6-1, 5-0, unfinished
    2. Kristy Frilling (ND) vs. Ilinca Cristescu (UIC) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
    3. Cosmina Ciobanu (ND) def. Kristen McPhillips (UIC) 6-1, 6-2
    4. Shannon Mathews (ND) def. Elena Antakova (UIC) 6-0, 6-1
    5. Kali Krisik (ND) vs. Amy Jellish (UIC) 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
    6. Kristen Rafael (ND) def. Jenna Reisch (UIC) 6-0, 6-0

    Doubles competition
    1. Kelcy Tefft/Kristy Frilling (ND) vs. Mariya Kovaleva/Kristen McPhillips (UIC) 6-2, unfinished
    2. Cosmina Ciobanu/Kali Krisik (ND) def. Elena Antakova/Ilinca Cristescu (UIC) 8-1
    3. Shannon Mathews/Colleen Rielley (ND) def. Jenna Reisch/Ulrikke von Ubisch (UIC) 8-0

    Match Notes
    UIC 15-8
    Notre Dame 25-4; National ranking #5
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,6)
    NCAA First Round