SALT LAKE CITY- The No. 43-ranked Utah women's tennis team (3-4) fell to No. 5-ranked Notre Dame (9-1), 7-0, Sunday at the Eccles Tennis Center.
"Today we were beaten by a top five ranked team," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "We are clearly better in some spots than we showed this afternoon. We'll learn from this and improve on some things throughout the coming matches."
In doubles play, freshmen Anastasia Putilina and Lexi Provancha were defeated by Cosmina Ciobanu and Kristy Frilling, 8-2, in the No. 2 position. The Irish then clinched the doubles point at the No. 3 spot as Senior Leigh Walsh and freshman Lisa Johnson fell to Shannon Mathews and Colleen Rielley, 8-4. Juniors Erin Monson and Andrea Maughan were topped in the No. 1 position by the No. 2-ranked team of Kali Krisik and Kelcy Tefft, 8-2.
In singles play Johnson fell to Kristen Rafael at the No. 2 position 6-1, 6-1 to give Notre Dame a 2-0 lead. Karine Bourdages was then topped at the No. 6 spot by Matthews, 6-0, 6-2, to put the Irish up 3-0.
Notre Dame clinched the match when Provancha lost to Ciobanu at the No. 5 position, 6-2, 6-0.
Walsh fell to Krisik, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot and Putilina was topped at the No. 1 position by No. 59-ranked Tefft, 6-1, 6-3.
Monson played a solid match against No. 82-ranked Frilling at the No. 2 spot, winning the first set 7-6(7), but falling in the 6-3 in the second. With the match already clinched for the Irish, they played a 10-point super tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, which was won by Frilling, 10-5.