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  Kristina Stastny
School: Univ. of Notre Dame
Year: graduated
Home Town: St. Louis
Home State: Missouri
Home Country: United States(USA)
High School: St. Joseph's Academy
Height: 5-6
Birth Date: Friday, December 16, 1983
Dominant Hand: Left
Major: Marketing
Singles Record: 86-55
Doubles Record: 99-44
Battle-tested southpaw will continue to be a key component for the Irish in both singles and doubles ... has been a starter throughout her career, playing mostly No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles in 2004-05 ... good all-around player who has all the shots ... can hit precise winners off short balls ... has worked on hanging in matches and finding ways to win ... has improved her serve, which already was a weapon ... mixes aggressiveness with consistency ... has improved approach shots ... good volleyer can open up the court with her wide serve ... scrappy player who is a difficult player to beat ... gets a lot of balls back ... Notre Dame's best clutch player holds 8-5 career record in three-set affairs when the dual-match outcome is still undecided ... won three-setters with score tied 3-3 on consecutive days against #16 William & Mary and at Indiana in 2005 ... in her career, stands 53-24 (26-13 singles, 27-11 doubles) at home, compared to 64-63 (30-35 singles, 34-28 doubles) on the road ... is 82-49 (38-27 singles, 44-22 doubles) indoors and 34-37 (18-21 singles, 16-16 doubles) outside ... has 31-14 mark against the Midwest Region in singles ... has rallied to win after dropping the opening set on eight occasions ... three-year monogram winner. AS A JUNIOR: Continued to be an important player in the Irish lineup, playing mostly No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles ... posted career-high victory totals in both singles (22-12, 13-9 dual) and doubles (26-10, 16-7 dual) ... delivered perhaps the two most-important victories in Irish dual matches, singlehandedly turning around Notre Dame's fortunes in 4-3 matches ... snapped a six-match Irish skid when the score is tied 3-3 by rallying to defeat Kate Boomershine 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5 to hand ND an upset of #16 William & Mary on April 9 ... the following day, she beat Brianna Williams 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the same situation to give the Irish a 4-3 road victory against Indiana ... those were two of her team-high five match-clinching victories ... also prevailed in her next match, helping Notre Dame to a 4-3 road win vs. Illinois ... provided victories in 4-3 Irish losses to #17 Harvard and #9 North Carolina ... knocked off #93 Preethi Mukundan 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 of the Crimson at No. 5 for the highest-ranked singles win of her career ... earned first career win over a ranked player in the Indiana Invitational, taking a match tiebreaker against #124 Gergana Ganeva from DePaul ... was 9-4 at No. 5, 4-3 at No. 4, and 0-2 at No. 3 ... provided clinching victories against both #20 Michigan and Wake Forest in a four-day span in January ... also clinched win against Oklahoma State ... only two defeats in final month of the season came in match tiebreakers ... had final three matches of the season abandoned ... posted 9-3 record in fall action ... began 7-1 before falling to Northwestern freshman phenom Audra Cohen (who would go on to be ranked #1 in the nation) in the second round of the ITA Midwest Championships ... was unbeaten in three match tiebreakers ... played all but two doubles matches with Sarah Jane Connelly, going 24-10 together and 14-7 in dual matches, with six clinching victories ... began the spring with victories in eight of first 10 matches ... won 8-6 against #13 Texas to clinch doubles point in final match on court ... clinched doubles point with tiebreaker victory in 4-3 upset of #16 William & Mary ... also provided victories in 4-3 matches against #5 Duke, #9 North Carolina, and Illinois ... other notable wins came vs. #20 Michigan and Wake Forest ... went 10-3 in fall play, winning eight of first nine matches before falling in the round of 16 of the ITA Midwest Championships ... paired twice with Catrina Thompson at No. 1, posting wins against both #23 Tennessee and Purdue ... that improved her career record at No. 1 to 9-9. AS A SOPHOMORE: Regular in the Irish lineup playing Nos. 5 and 6 singles and No. 3 doubles in 2003-04 ... finished 16-19 in singles (12-11 dual) and 13-13 (8-7 in dual at No. 3) in doubles ... in singles, was 6-9 at No. 5 and 6-2 at No. 6 ... played well in clutch situations, going 3-0 in three-setters with the team outcome undetermined ... started spring at the lower spot and won six of eight matches before being moved up over spring break ... only losses at No. 6 came in match tiebreakers ... won 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 7-5 against Kara Delicata of Michigan in dual opener ... also was victorious against #20 BYU, Indiana, and #17 Illinois, dropping just nine total games in those matches ... gained forfeit win vs. #14 VCU ... top win at No. 5 was a three-set triumph over Audrey Banada to clinch Notre Dame's victory against Miami ... won 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 against Andrea Yung of #11 Northwestern to tie the match at 3-3 in eventual Wildcat victory ... beat Yung in straight sets for only Irish point in second round of NCAA tournament ... struggled most of fall, but was runner-up to Sarah Foster of the host school in the white flight of the Kentucky Fall Classic ... played No. 4 in exhibition match vs. USC ... also competed in adidas Invitational, ITA Midwest Championships, and Illinois Midwest Blast ... was 8-2 in home matches ... in doubles, played mostly with Sarah Jane Connelly ... the duo was ranked 43rd in the preseason and went 12-11 together ... opened spring with wins in four of first five matches (two clinching) ... clinched doubles point against Indiana ... won in tiebreaker against Tennessee ... in fall play, lost in round of 16 at adidas Invitational and finished fourth in blue flight of Kentucky Fall Classic ... won at No. 3 in exhibition match against USC ... reached round of 16 in ITA Midwest Championships before falling to #6 Grier/Rush of Northwestern ... lost two of three in Illinois Midwest Blast ... then played three matches with Emily Neighbours, winning against Marquette to clinch the doubles point AS A FRESHMAN: Provided immediate impact for Irish as a freshman, occupying the No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles positions ... was ranked as high as 27th in the nation in doubles with Katie Cunha before finishing 43rd ... finished 29th in singles and eighth in doubles in Midwest Region rankings ... was 22-15 in doubles ... teamed with Cunha from mid-fall to mid-spring, going 12-11 ... in a span of just over a month, the pair notched upset victories against #19 Bunn/Pinchbeck (North Carolina), #13 Adams/McCain (Duke), #22 Castellvi/Schaub (Tennessee), and #19 Grasic/Strohm (Texas) ... provided clinching victories to give Irish 1-0 lead vs. #5 North Carolina and #13 Texas ... also at No. 1, was 1-0 with Lauren Connelly and 1-3 with Jennifer Smith ... in fall action, reached round of 16, with Cunha, in Omni Hotels ITA Midwest Championships and final of Eck Classic, posting 5-2 mark ... playing No. 2 in the postseason, teamed with Sarah Jane Connelly for biggest Notre Dame victory of season, holding on for 8-6 win over de Villiers/Smith in the final match on court with the score tied 3-3 vs. Miami in the BIG EAST final ... the pair was 5-3 together ... teamed with Alicia Salas in first two fall tournaments, winning five of six matches, including the "das" flight championship in the adidas Invitational ... also reached quarterfinals of OSU/Prince Cup ... finished 18-17 in singles ... started and ended season at No. 3, while playing No. 4 for the majority of the time ... clinched Irish win vs. Western Michigan in dual-match debut ... also provided clinching victories vs. Virginia Tech, #13 Texas, and Iowa (a 4-3 Irish win) ... other notable wins came vs. #11 Tennessee, #25 Kentucky, Wake Forest, and #24 Illinois ... did not complete a match in the NCAA tournament ... was 7-5 in fall action, finishing third in the blue flight of the Eck Classic ... reached round of 16 in OSU/Prince Cup and won a match in Midwest Championships ... was 16-3 when winning the first set ... won four of five match tiebreakers. IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Played in three ITA summer circuit events in 2003, reaching singles quarterfinals at Ohio State and Indiana. HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Top-25 junior player won three national doubles titles - 1999 and 2001 Super National Clay Courts and 2001 Super National Indoors ... in singles, reached semifinals in '01 Super National Indoors and finals of '88 Super National Clay Courts ... winner of 2002 MVTA Sportsmanship Award ... became first player to win four Missouri state championships in singles ... posted undefeated record as a senior at St. Joseph's Academy ... four-time conference and regional champion ... served as team captain as a senior ... named team MVP four times ... earned all-conference, all-city, and all-state honors in each of her four prep seasons ... named athlete of the year and scholar-athlete of the year in 2002 ... also participated in track in high school ... was a member of National Honor Society ... brother Yan played two years on Notre Dame hockey team, ranking third on team with 14 goals in 2002-03, before turning pro and joining the Nuremberg Ice Tigers in Germany ... sister Katarina played tennis at George Washington University ... father Peter is a member of the NHL Hall of Fame and is the highest-scoring European player in NHL history ... born Dec. 16, 1983, in Québec, Canada ... member of Notre Dame's Academic Honors Program for Student-Athletes ... tabbed a BIG EAST Academic All-Star in each of first three seasons ... named an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2003 ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major with a minor in international business.